RedfishSeptember 22, 2010
Description: chin without barbels; copper bronze body, lighter shade in clear waters; one to many spots at base of tail (rarely no spots); mouth horizontal and opening downward; scales large.
Where found: juveniles are an INSHORE fish, migrating out of the estuaries at about 30 inches (4 years) and joining the spawning population OFFSHORE.
Size: a Red Fish of 27 inches weighs about 8 pounds.
Florida Record: 51 lbs., 8 ozs.
Remarks: red drum are an INSHORE species until they attain roughly 30 inches (4 years), then they migrate to join the NEARSHORE population; spawning occurs from August to November in NEARSHORE waters; sudden cold snaps may kill red drum in shallow, INSHORE waters; feeds on crustaceans, fish and mollusks; longevity to 20 years or more.
How to catch: 6-9wt fly rods, typically floating fly lines 8-12′ leader in 8-15# test, sinking flies when tailing, suspending flies when in deeper water, flies with medium strength hooks in sizes #8 to 1/0
Flies to use: Redfish Toad, Bonafide Crab, Enver’s Fleeing ShrimpThis entry was posted in What's Biting Now and tagged casting clinics, Enver Hysni, fishing excursions, florida fly fishing, fly fish tackle, fly fishing, fly shop, fly tying, fly tying materials, how to catch when fly fishing, inshore fly fishing, offshore fly fishing, redfish, salt water fishing, salt water fly anglers, salt water fly fishing, south tampa fly shop, Tampa Bay On The Fly, Tampa Fly Fishers, tampa fly fishing, what's biting now. Bookmark the permalink.
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