red drum

Redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus)


  1. Size: Most red drum fall between 18 and 40 inches in length, however, some specimens can reach lengths exceeding 50 inches. Red drum over 40 inches are often referred to as a “bull reds.”
  2. Habitat: Redfish are found in a variety of inshore habitats including grass flats, oyster bars, mangroves, and around docks and bridges. Look for them in areas with a mix of sand and grass or near structure.
  3. Bait: Redfish will take a variety of bait such as shrimp, crabs, live or cut mullet, pinfish, and whitebait but crustaceans are their preference. Soft plastic lures, spoons, and jigs can also be quite effective when targeting redfish.
  4. Tackle: A redfish’s fight is incredibly strong for their size and are characterized by long, dogged runs. Light to medium-light spinning tackle in the 10-20 lb. test range will work fine on the flats, but heavier gear is recommended when near structure. 
  5. Food Value: Large females and small males are released, but a redfish in the slot (18″ – 27″) is considered one of the most prized fillets out there, especially when blackened