Redfish are one of the top recreational saltwater game fish in Florida. The redfish that are caught in darker water will have a reddish copper and bronze color on their body. Those caught in clearer water will have lighter shades of gold or copper color.
Notice the Spots on the tail.
The underside and belly is pure white. They have from one to as many fifty spots at base of their tail and very rarely no spots at all. The belief is that the spot near the tail is a defense mechanism by design; any predators approaching from the side will not be sure which end of the fish they’ve found or if they have been spotted. Redfish also have a blunt nose, and a chin without barbels and a wide undercut mouth. When they are young they are called juveniles and these juveniles inhabit the inshore areas such as bays, rivers and creeks. They particularly like creeks with oyster beds. When they reach about four years of age and approximately 30 inches they migrate from the estuaries and join the spawning population offshore. They spawn from August to November in the offshore waters near passes and inlets. September is usually the peak month.
Florida Regulations require that Redfish must be no less than 18" or more than 27" with a pinched tail. Anglers are limited to one per day, and we now have open season year round with the replenishment of their numbers.
So what equipment should we use? I prefer to use light tackle such as medium to medium-fast action rods with an open face spinning reels. I also use “Power-pro” braided line with approximately an 18 inch, 20 lb leader (or shock line) that is sufficient for most redfish applications. Redfish will readily hit artificial baits such as plastic grubs (swim-tail grubs in chartreuse or electric chicken colors work well). Topwater plugs, such as “MirrOlures,” will cause a commotion that will also attract reds early and late in the day. Gold spoons also work well during the day or moon light by causing a reflection and vibration in the water that draws the redfish to it. While artificial lures work well but more reds seem to be frequently caught while using live or dead bait, shrimp or green-backs either free lining or fishing under a popping cork. If you plan on fishing the bottom try any cut slab or filet from mullet, pinfish, ladyfish, etc..