- Part 1: The Florida Redfish (Red Drum)
- Part 2: Finding Redfish
- Part 3: Top 4 Live Baits
- Part 4: Top 4 Artificial Baits
- Part 5: Fly Fishing for Redfish
This series is written by a Southern Slam Outfitters contributing writer who has extensive knowledge of the Florida inshore fishery. We admit that in the case of fishing information (for any species) that there are a thousand and one methodologies to be found. We chose information for this series that will effectively work for you, anywhere in the state.
The Florida Redfish
Redfish in Florida are a highly popular species of drum for both catch and release anglers, as well as those looking for great table fare. Probably one of the best aspects about targeting these is "the hunt" itself. Many inshore anglers will agree that no matter how many redfish you have under your belt, seeing one pushing across a shallow flat will always get your heart pumping. These fish are readily available, fun, and in some cases elusive. It is this combination of traits that rank the Redfish among the top favorites for Florida inshore anglers.
Common Names for Red Drum
Florida Redfish Regulations
- A Florida Fishing Saltwater License (not required if utilizing a licensed fishing guide)
- A Size or "Slot" Limit of not less than 18" and no more than 27" in total length
- They must remain in "whole condition" until brought to shore
- Commercial Redfishing is Prohibited
Bag Limits Vary By Location:
- Northeast Zone: 2 Per Person, Per Day. Maximum boat limit of 8
- Northwest Zone: 1 Per Person, Per Day. Maximum boat limit of 8
- South Zone: 1 Per Person, Per Day. Maximum boat limit of 8
Note on boat max limits:
These maximums are regardless of the fact that the boat may be holding more anglers. What I mean, for example - though you are allowed 2 per angler in the Northeast Zone, if you had a boat with 5 people on it, you cannot hold 10 redfish on that boat, it stops at 8.
Redfish Florida State and IGFA World Records
Some of the IGFA World Records for Redfish:
All Tackle - 94 lb 2 oz
The all tackle world record was caught by David Deuel out of Hatteras, North Carolina in 1984.
Men’s 3 kg (6 lb) Tippet Class on Fly - 41lbs
The men's 6lb tippet world record was caught by Jim Seegraves out of Houma, Louisiana in 2004.
Women’s 6 kg (12 lb) Tippet Class on Fly - 40lbs
The women's 12lb tippet class world record was caught by Dotty Ballantyne out of Venice, Louisiana in 2014.
Men’s 8 kg (16 lb) Tippet Class on Fly - 43 lb
The men's 16lb tippet world record was caught by Dr. Greg Braunstein in Banana River Lagoon, Florida in 1995.
Men’s 2 kg (4 lb) Line Class - 52 lb 5 oz
The men's 4lb line class world record was caught by George Hogan out of Indian River Lagoon, Florida in 1996.
Women’s 3 kg (6 lb) Line Class - 44lbs
The women's 6lb line class world record was caught by Maureen Klause in Ocracoke, North Carolina in 2008.
Men’s 3 kg (6 lb) Line Class - 51 lb 8 oz
The men's 6lb line class world record was caught by Raleigh Werking in Oriental, North Carolina in 1999.
Women’s 6 kg (12 lb) Line Class - 51 lb 8 oz
The womens 12lb line class world record was caught by Joan S. Dull in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in 1958.
Men’s 15 kg (30 lb) Line Class - 90lbs
The mens 30lb line class world record was caught by Elvin Hooper out of Rodanthe, North Carolina in 1973.
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