15,000 Redfish Released into Florida’s Indian River Lagoon

The redfish released by CCA Florida into Florida’s east coast waters aren’t all that small; in fact, they’re larger than traditional stocked redfish in most southern states. The 4- to 6-inch drum have a better shot at surviving predation and growing to maturity. More than 50 onlookers gathered an at nondescript boat ramp in Cocoa […]

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Fish Facts: A Redfish and its Black Spot(s)

This multi-spot redfish is an oddity, sure to turn heads at the boat ramp. Some scientists believe multiple spots are advantageous for red drum in turbid water. Capt. Sonny Schindler Perhaps the single feature most associated with the red drum is its spot. That is, the one spot (on each side), on its tail. That […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Florida Fish Hatchery

Salt Water Sportsman’s Scott Salyers caught this bull redfish from a pond at the Duke Energy Mariculture Center. Sam Hudson Recent news from Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Florida caught my attention: The non-profit organization released 30,000 speckled seatrout this past September in Sarasota and Citrus county waters. Any efforts to help the gamefish populations in […]

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Targeting Redfish in Texas

Texas anglers love redfish as much as the Dallas Cowboys. There’s nothing more exciting than sight-casting flies, plugs or plastics. Tosh Brown Special delivery: Sign up for the free Salt Water Sportsman email newsletter. Subscribe to Salt Water Sportsman magazine for $19 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. A redfish is like a bull in a […]

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Drum Decline Has Louisiana Anglers Seeing Red

Todd Masson, with a tagged Louisiana redfish, ready for release back into the marsh. Todd Masson Artificial Intelligence is frighteningly smart, and it may eventually take over the world, but on its best day, AI could never draw up a more perfect nursery ground for redfish (red drum) than the one Mother Nature created over […]

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The Best Lures to Throw During the Mullet Run

One of the most popular species to target during the mullet run are full-grown tarpon. Spotting them along the beach is much easier than actually landing them. Ben Holtzclaw There are 78 species of mullet and each one has a unique appearance and behavior. Imitating them, some of the most common backwater baitfish, is key […]

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Rare Redfish Hybrid Caught in Florida

Have you seen a drum like this? The fish looks similar to a redfish, but it also has characteristics of a black drum. Capt. Billy Rotne Captain Billy Rotne, of Ponce Inlet Charters, positioned his friend within range of a school of black drum and redfish mixed together in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon. In front […]

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Florida Updates Redfish Regulations

Redfish are a popular Florida inshore species. State regulators approved changes to the redfish regulations to help support the population. Alex Suescun Fisheries management and controversy seem to go hand-in-hand. The real problem is that in many cases, the management process creates winners and losers. While this is an unfortunate reality, I always hope that […]

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One Redfish Limit Returns to Southwest Florida

Redfish were protected in Southwest Florida after a red tide caused a massive fish kill in 2018. In September, anglers can once again keep one for the table. Bob McNally At its May meeting, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made some significant harvest changes to the state’s popular red drum (redfish) fishery. (“Harvest” […]

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