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Situated along the scenic Gulf Coast, Freeport is a very popular spot for fishing enthusiasts with plenty of fishing locations offering a plethora of species to target, including the prized redfish. Whether you're an experienced angler or a beginner looking to embark on a memorable fishing adventure, Freeport's diverse fishing grounds and favorable regulations make it an ideal location to pursue these hard-fighting and delicious fish.

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What is the Bag Limit For Redfish

In Texas, the bag limit for redfish is three per person per day along the Texas coast, except for certain areas with special regulations.

What is the Size Limit

Redfish must be between 20 and 28 inches in length to be harvested, with one oversized redfish allowed per person per year (over 28 inches).

Special Tagging Program

There is a Tagged Redfish Program in Texas, where anglers who catch tagged redfish are encouraged to report the tag number to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) for research purposes.

Do I Need a Fishing License

Anglers aged 17 and older are required to have a valid Texas fishing license to fish for redfish. Licenses can be obtained online through the TPWD website or from local authorized retailers. Season:

When is Redfish Season

Redfish can be caught year-round in Freeport, but they tend to be more active during spring, summer, and fall months. The cooler months of spring and fall are particularly productive for redfish fishing. Check out our blog on the best times to fish Freeport to learn more.

Where to Catch Redfish

Redfish can be found in various inshore habitats, including bays, marshes, flats, and nearshore waters near Freeport. Some popular areas to target redfish include the surf along Surfside Beach, the marshes of Christmas Bay, the jetties at Freeport, and the channels and flats near San Luis Pass. Check out our Top 5 Places to Fish in Freeport blog to get an in depth look at where to fish near Freeport.


Bait Fishing

Redfish can be caught using live or cut bait such as shrimp, mullet, and crab. Fishing near oyster reefs, grassy flats, and marshes can be productive for bait fishing.

Artificial Lures

Anglers also have success using artificial lures such as soft plastic baits, spoons, and topwater plugs. Targeting structures like jetties, oyster reefs, and grass lines can be effective with artificial lures.

Kayak and Wade Fishing

Freeport offers excellent opportunities for kayak and wade fishing. Areas like Christmas Bay and the marshes provide ideal conditions for targeting redfish from a kayak or by wading in shallow waters.

Jetty Fishing

Fishing near the jetties in Freeport can be productive for redfish. Using live or cut bait, casting near the rocks or fishing along the structure can yield good results.

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Book Your Freeport Redfish Trip

Redfish are a highly sought after fish and freeport is a great spot to try to target this species. If you’re looking to fish for reds, check out our Freeport redfish charters to book a trip with one of our local and professional fishing guides.