Catch a Red Fish

Florida redfish seem to be most active and ready to eat when the water temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees. They also seem to shut down their feeding when the water temperatures get below 60 degrees. So a fisherman should definitely carry a thermometer if they’re fishing from shore or a boat that doesn’t already have one.

Red drum like oyster bars. They will use their tough heads to move oyster clumps out of the way to get at the marine worms, shrimp and mud crabs that are usually under the big groups of oysters.

Another red drum haunt is grass flats. They love to forage for small fish, crabs, and other crustaceans that hide in the seagrass. Large schools can be seen certain times of the year cruising the shallow grass flats around Florida. They also like to search for mud flats for prey. Often they will be the first predators to venture up onto a mud flat but they will leave as soon as the first sharks appear.

In the more southerly parts of Florida, redfish can be found among the mangrove roots at high tide. They will pluck crabs, shrimp, and small fish from among the roots whenever they get a chance.

Anytime a fisherman can find a red fish’s preferred prey items they can usually find redfish nearby. Large amounts of shrimp in the seagrass will undoubtedly draw the redfish in. Any large groups of fish like mullet, sardines, glass minnows, pilchards, pinfish… will also attract redfish.

The 3 best lures to catch a red drum depends upon the angler but this fisherman prefers;

  • Scented plastics
  • Gold spoons
  • Spinnerbaits

Redfish have four nostrils which tell you that their olfactory system is very important to them. A stinky scented soft plastic is an excellent choice to catch a redfish with.

Gold spoons are very shiny and put out a lot of vibrations that are picked up by the lateral lines of fish. For some reason, the gold spoons seem to work better than silver spoons for red drum.

A spinnerbait is another great artificial lure to catch a red drum with. The spinnerbait will put out a tremendous amount of vibrations attracting predators from quite a distance. The Side Imaging Fish Finder and movement of the spinnerbait can be irresistible to red drums in shallow water.