Sunday, July 23, 2017

Redfish

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Description: distinct lateral line; high, divided dorsal fin; sloping forehead; large mouth, protruding lower jaw; grows much larger than other snooks; pelvic fin yellow.

Similar Fish: other Centropomus.

Where found: from central Florida  to south Florida and Florida Bay, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters including the flats and backcountry, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings near shore.

Size: most catches 5 to 8 pounds.

*Florida Record: 44 lbs., 3 ozs.

Remarks: spawns primarily in summer; cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60 degrees F; can tolerate wholly fresh or saltwater; schools along shore and in passes during spawning season; feeds on fish and large crustaceans.

You can usually find redfish tailing in the shallows of the flats and the backcountry of Everglades National Park. Redfish can also be caught on a fly rod or a conventional rod and reel. Redfish can be caught from the Miami area south to flamingo in everglades national park as well as the flats or backcountry of Florida bay

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