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Fishing for Redfish in Clearwater, Florida

Redfish caught while fishing in Clearwater with Capt. Brian Caudill. Redfish. What a wonderful species. These fish can wear out even the most determined angler. With large, strong shoulders, a big Red can have two, three, even four exciting runs before deciding to come boatside. They are by far my favorite fish to target in my local Clearwater area.

Also known as Red Drum, Redfish were threatened in Florida waters by a high rate of over harvesting. Florida Fishing Guides and the Redfish suffered, as their numbers began to dwindle in the late 80's. Several issues contributed to the decline of the species. Two of which were increased sales of spices for blackening Redfish, as well as inshore netting of Mullet, Jack Crevalle, and Ladyfish. Redfish and Trout were often a by-catch in these long inshore nets. So, Florida decided to place a ban on such netting in 1994, and the Redfish and Trout population has begun to bounce back. A swell in the catch and release philosophy, and a bag of one per day has also helped increase the numbers in out local Clearwater area tremendously.

Redfish live the first three years of their lives in the bays and shallow waters, around oyster bars, mangroves, and grassy flats. On good days, we can often spot them tailing. This occurs when they are unaware of their tails being exposed while feeding on the bottom in shallow water. As they mature, around 30"-34", they move off to the Gulf, where they will often reach weights of over 50 pounds. Their spawning season begins in August and ends in late October. Occasionally, these large Redfish called "Bull Reds", can be caught in the shallows during the spawning months.

Brian's Dad with a beautiful Redfish.

A Redfish moving in shallow water makes a large hump on the water's surface, making them easy to see in low tide situations. Floating sardines or pinfish under corks can be deadly for hooking many fish in a school.

As the tide rises, Redfish move into the mangroves and onto oyster bars ambushing baitfish as they swim by. Chumming with dead or live bait is an excellent way to locate them.

Redfish eat a wide variety of bait. Sardines, threadfins, shrimp. Redfish will often have small pinfish and crustaceans in their bellies as well. Gold spoons, topwater plugs, and jerkbaits are also great artificial baits used in targeting this veracious predator in our local Clearwater fishing spots.

Catching a big Redfish can put a smile on your face.

The fight in a Redfish is very hard to top. Please, book a Charter to go fishing for Redfish in Clearwater, Florida and experience the thrill of the fight for yourself. Be sure to visit the Photo Gallery to see pictures of a few happy customers with these beautiful fish.

Capt. Brian

For the very best of fishing for Redfish call Capt Brian and arrange for a trip from any of the local Tampa Bay areas, including Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shores, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Ozona, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Treasure Island and the Gulf Beaches of Pinellas County Florida.

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