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What are the best redfish fishing charters?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 873 redfish trips, and the most popular trips are Half Day Jetty Trip - 21' Mako guided by Meghan, Ropin' Reds Inshore Adventure guided by Jim, and Flats and Backwaters on Artificials guided by Larry.

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What types of redfish fishing charters are common?

Inshore fishing is the most popular for redfish as well as flats fishing, nearshore fishing, and jetty fishing.

The most common fishing techniques are light tackle fishing, artificial lure fishing, and live bait fishing but bottom fishing and drift fishing are popular as well.

How much do redfish fishing charters cost?

for redfish prices can range anywhere from $175 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day for redfish is $622. The average price for a full day for redfish is $953.

When is the best month to go redfish fishing?

The most popular season for redfish fishing is summer, and most anglers book their trips 40 days in advance.

Do I need a fishing license for redfish and what are the bag limits for redfish?

See here for more information on redfish fishing licenses, redfish bag limits, and fishing season regulations for redfish. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right redfish rules and regulations.

What is a Redfish?

Red drum, also know as redfish, reds, spottail bass, or Sciaenops ocellatus is one of the most ubiquitous coastal gamefish of the Southeast. Redfish have a distinctive spot on their tail which is often considered a "second eye" meant to fool predators. They occupy a broad range across the Gulf of Mexico and up the east coast of the US, and can be found inshore and nearshore.

How big do Redfish get?

Redfish spawn close to the shoreline in the Fall and will generally mature by 3 years old, with males reaching up to 28 inches and females being a few inches bigger at the same age, with both weighing between 6 and 8 pounds. From there, it is only up, and redfish can be fairly large. Most locations will not allow more than one kept fish over 28 inches.

Whats the biggest redfish ever caught?

Monster redfish can be over 50 inches long and weigh upwards of 50 pounds. The world record redfish was caught in November 1984 in Hatteras, North Carolina by David Weber and weighed 94 pounds 2 ounces.

Where is the best place to catch Redfish?

Redfish have a fairly diverse range, living among shallow to nearshore areas from Mexico all the way to Massachusetts. Redfish do not care too much about salinity in the water so this greatly expands their options of where to reside. In terms of habitat, young redfish prefer inshore areas including flats, grasses, and shallow bay systems, even expanding up into freshwater lagoons and marshes. There are even freshwater redfish in a few lakes near San Antonio. Adult redfish will move out into the Gulf or further offshore, but still congregate near rocky structure (including rigs in the Gulf), and especially jetties when coming back to spawn. The bull redfish run in the Fall is one of many anglers favorite times of the year.

When should I catch Redfish?

Slot redfish can be found inshore year-round, and do not have much of a seasonal migration. Bull redfish can be caught offshore or by rigs, but the most common is to catch them around jetties and other nearshore rocky structure.

The Spring and Summer is easy for redfish, and it is generally advised to take advantage of the early bite before the fish get too sluggish in the heat. Winter can be fantastic if you are able to brave the cold - cold fronts often push water out of inshore areas, and the redfish will be packed into less water, meaning more fish around per the amount of water. Fall will be your best season for redfish in most of their range, as the big ones come back to shore to spawn. Not only are there more redfish around, there are bigger ones.

How do you catch Redfish?

Because redfish are so ambivalent on what they stick in their mouths, they can be caught in quite a few ways, not limited to throwing live bait, popping corks with shrimp, jigging / bottom fishing, throwing artificials and soft plastics, trolling with gold spoons, and fly fishing / sight casting. Redfish are great for all anglers because everyone can use the style of fishing they are most familiar with and feel confident in catching some reds.

Are Redfish good to eat? What are the best redfish recipes?

Redfish are known to be great eating, and many will swear by blackened redfish or redfish with cajun seasoning. The large scales can be difficult to remove, but once past that obstacle you're in for some delicious fish. Young fish will be tastier, and have a fairly moderate flavor.

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