Fishing for redfish, also known in some parts as red drum, became important commercially in the mid-twentieth century. Particularly off the Atlantic coast of Canada and Maine, where the species is found in relative abundance. The quality of their meat and their magnificent appearance also makes the redfish particularly appealing to anglers. And while they are not known for putting up much of a fight, fishing for redfish continues to be a favorite pastime among deep sea fishermen.
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All About Fishing for Redfish
As the name suggests, the redfish is best known for its brightly colored appearance. Typically ranging anywhere from orange to scarlet or flame red. Those looking to go fishing for redfish should know that they are similar in appearance to another common fish.
Redfish have long, flat bodies and large eyes, giving them a similar appearance to perch. Hence, they are also known as ocean perch. Their mouths are lined with small, sharp teeth, and their jaws have a bony protrusion which distinguishes them from other similar species.
Their appearance is completed by the presence of a single dorsal fin that runs most of the length of its body and a comparatively small tail fin.
When fishing for redfish off the coast of Maine the majority of the adults are anywhere between fifteen and twenty inches in length, though the occasional larger fish does exist.
They are Known as Deep Water Fish
Redfish are known as a deep water fish, with a range anywhere between one hundred and five hundred meters. They prefer rough ground, so when fishing for redfish aim for underwater disturbances such as shelves and ledges.
Redfish typically inhabit cool water, though are known to venture into shallower waters in particularly cold winter months. Known fishing spots for redfish include the Gulf Maine and the southern edge of Georges Bank.
The diet of the redfish consists mainly of invertebrates and small fish, and as a result they can be caught using almost any bait. Popular choices include worms, shrimp, herring, minnows, maggots and crayfish.
Fishing for Redfish with Artificial Baits and Lures
Artificial baits and lures can also be used when fishing for redfish, as too can flies. A medium action rod coupled with a fifteen to twenty pound test line is more than adequate for landing the majority redfish.
Fishing for redfish is relatively straightforward. Once hooked, redfish are not renowned for their fighting strength, making them an ideal target for young and inexperienced anglers. As well as seasoned veterans looking to land a trophy redfish. Due to their abundance, popularity and ease of fishing, redfish are typically a targeted fish for chartered trips.
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