Welcome to our very popular “How to Catch Florida Redfish – A Complete Guide” where we tell you every possible Tip for catching REDFISH that we have ever used, heard of, and found. 

Find out which bait. lures, rods and reels to use to catch big reds. Bookmark this page (Windows CNTRL+D, MAC CMD+D) so you don’t forget it!

For Sarasota Bay down through Collier County, Red drum are catch and release ONLY through May 31, 2022. This covers ALL STATE WATERS SOUTH OF STATE ROAD 64 in MANATEE COUNTY including PALMA SOLA BAY through GORDON PASS in COLLIER COUNTY. Does not include Braden River or Manatee river or its tributaries.

[Page Updated – 14 August 2022]


Big lunker red drum caught on a fishing boat.
Big bull redfish over 27 inches long. The gold metallic color scales can be like magic. Certainly, the size of it is nice!

Gamefish Ratings?

Size: 7/10  Fight: 6/10  Difficulty to Catch: 6/10  Taste: 10/10 – mouth watering!

INDEX to Sections in this Guide:

TIP – Redfish are also called Reds, Spots, Dots, Red Drum, Spot-tail Bass, Channel Bass.

Redfish Facts

Species: Sciaenops ocellatus

Similar Species: Black Drum (Pogonias cromis); It is a hybrid between red and black drum.

Length: Red drum grow to about 43 inches (1.1 meters) in length on average with differences between male and female. A one-year-old Red is on average from between 10-17-inches and averages about 14-inches. Fish grow to an average maximum size of 30 inches.

Weight: They grow fast, some reaching 8 lb. in 36 months, depending on availability of food seasonally. A bull red is a fish that is at least 27-inches long from snout to tail (fork).

Description: Reds are medium-sized fish varying in color and pattern – sometimes brilliant silver or shiny metallic gold all over with a bulls-eye at the tail, or even dark red almost all over from back to belly. Colors range from gold and silver to grey, pink and red or orange and copper-colored.

There is nearly always a dark round bulls-eye or circle pattern near the beginning of the tail. Sometimes more than one. In evolutionary terms, this dot probably helps distract predators from attacking the featureless head – tempting them with the tail instead and allowing the redfish to escape.

I’ve caught a number of reds with chewed tails – so it makes sense! Red drum are always slightly or very much darker on the top of the back in comparison to the stomach.

Vocalization: Amazingly, the red drum and other drums can emit a croaking sound when pulled up out of the water. It’s a little disconcerting – so either let it go quickly or put it on the stringer for the dinner table later!

Range/Distribution: Found in the Atlantic Ocean on the United States side from the state of Massachusetts down to Florida, and then over into the Gulf of Mexico. A very large range.

The best states for catching red drum are along the sandy and shell covered bottoms of coastal areas of Florida and Texas.

Reds are one of the drum species, another being the closely related Black Drum (Pogonias cromis). These are full-bodied fish with some girth to them. They are very strong fish at the head and neck and put up a great fight once hooked.

Florida redfish chasing artificial shrimp lure.
Notice a couple of things about this shot. This is a big bull redfish over sandy and light grassy bottom in relatively clear water chasing down an artificial shrimp. The shrimp colors are not realistic but are contrasty. Sometimes this is what these fish want to see!

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World Record Size: The biggest redfish ever caught was by Mr. David Deuel while fishing mullet along the bottom of a sandbar in Avon, North Carolina on 11/7/1984. The world record red drum weighed 94 lb. 2 oz. Redfish of 40+ pounds are somewhat common. These fish live for around 50 years.

USA Records by State >

Why Catch Red Drum Fish?

If you live close to one of the coastal areas of the USA or even northern Mexico, you’re going to want to target these amazing drum for a few reasons!

  1. Reds are DELICIOUS. Bottom line, there are a handful of fish in the world which are naturally just so delicious they don’t need any spices or extras to make them palatable. Redfish are a culinary delight.
  2. They are a CHALLENGE to find and catch. We all love a challenge, and though not nearly as tough as finding some of the deepwater pelagics, Reds are a great fish to target for the pure fun of it!

Where To Find them?

Habitat –  Sub-adult red drum are found in seagrass areas in saltwater and brackish bays and marshes. As they mature, they gravitate toward rocky or barnacle covered areas like man-made structure: piers, sunken boats, etc.

Reds also spend a significant portion of their time just cruising over shell-covered sand.

Catching redfish from a fishing pier.
I haven’t had much success catching reds from a pier, but occasionally I did get the hookup. If you can find a group of reds at the pier, you can catch multiple redfish.

The best way I’ve found to locate prime red fish fishing areas is to do research on forums – looking for hotspots in my area. I’ll add some hotspots for various areas below.

1.) Old Tampa Bay, Florida – I mentioned in other posts that I lived right on a deep saltwater canal leading into Tampa Bay for over a decade. Red drum were sometimes found right in our canal (about 1.5 miles from the opening into the big bay).

I could catch them right off the dock. Most times I jumped in the kayak and floated slowly down the canal, dragging a shrimp – which was hit often by reds, snook, and black drum on moving tides usually.

Old Tampa Bay and canals where redfish can be found year-round. This is right off Hillsborough Avenue in West Tampa.
Click Map to enlarge and see my favorite redfish hot-spot.

2.) Apollo Beach, Tampa, Florida – Really, the entire Tampa Bay area can be explored for redfish – and they can be found many places. I found reds mostly in the canals – where the bottom was very rough – full of shells. I found them where there were little drop-offs, and docks or other barnacle-covered objects.

Map of best redfish fishing areas around Tampa Bay including Saint Petersburg, Apollo Beach and all areas on the east coast of St. Petersburg.
Map of the best red drum fishing areas around Tampa Bay including Saint Petersburg, Apollo Beach and all areas on the east coast of St. Petersburg. I marked the Apollo Beach area with the red line to show another of my favorite areas for not only redfish but many different species of fish. Click Map to enlarge.

Best Coastal Florida Areas for Catching Reds

  1. Tampa Bay (maps above)
  2. Ft. De Soto Park (map) in southern St. Petersburg
  3. Bradenton & Sarasota coast (map)
  4. Boca Grande near Ft. Myers (map)

More on Florida Reds

One spot usually overlooked by those around the state is the St. Johns River. There are some flats with grassy beds where you can find redfish. Florida is absolutely the best state for finding and catching these fish – the massive coastline affords reds the cover and food they require.

The temperatures are warm enough all year to produce a bit, and there just isn’t much competition – even in the best spots.

In Spring to Fall – Tampa / Saint Petersburg is a fantastic area for reds – and since I lived there, I never had to go anywhere else. The bite is consistent and the fish are not difficult to find on the grass flats and canals off Tampa Bay.

On high tides, redfish love the shores of the mangrove roots, flat oyster beds, and shallow grass flats.

Other great spots in Florida to try:  Apollo Beach, Big Lagoon, Caladesi Island at Dunedin, Dog Island, Don Pedro Island at Placida, Fort Barrancas, Ochlockonee River and Waccasassa Bay.

Big red drum are nearly constantly moving through inshore waters along the entire length of Florida’s Gulf Coast and entrances to freshwater waterways of Indian River, Mosquito Lagoon, and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Late in the year, the big lunker redfish will be found at the entrance to little jetties – a key mating spot. An artificial crab or shrimp on outgoing tides near drop-offs is your best bet for a big one at the end of the year.

Redfish Fishing in Other States

Virginia – Chesapeake Bay – in 2015 the longest Red Drum was caught by an 18-year-old angler. It measured 125 cm. long (49.2 inches). During May, June, and July the Chesapeake Bay is holding huge numbers of big lunker reds.

The best hours for fishing during these months is after sunset in the shallows and from the beach in the waves. You can find these amazing fish from April through November in high numbers.

North Carolina – There are some good spots in NC – where lunker fish have been caught weighing 60 lb. Hotspots include Hatteras Island, False Point, and Ocracoke Island.

During the months of April and May, and October and November the Outer Banks is the place to be. The typical migration route for red fish brings them back to VA Beach from where they spent the winter in North Carolina.  In the fall, Pamlico Sound can be productive – and did I mention yet, the Outer Banks? 😉

Caught Redfish on sand at a Florida Beach. Ready for the oven!
Redfish scale color can be so beautiful, its surreal. One of the best-looking fish in the sea. A large variety of color and spot patterns.

South Carolina – Red drum in South Carolina can be found primarily, like in all southeastern states on the coast, in saltwater marshes and at the openings to streams with shell (oyster) bottom. One area that is renowned for reds is Charleston.

Year-round action makes this a favorite for South Carolinians. Everyone talks about where the big bulls are found – and in truth, they’re all over! SC’s claim to fame is that back in the 1960’s, Murrell’s Inlet produced a big 75 lb. redfish from the beach.

There is also small canal action around this spot. In the fall each year, start with these spots for the best action: Isle of Palms, Charleston Harbor,  and Shem Creek in Charleston. Late months are the best time for the most redfish catches. If you luck into a large school of reds, you’ll be talking about it for a long time.

Georgia – Georgia has also come out with state regulations against commercial fishing of this fish – which is great news for all Georgia red lovers.

Always plentiful in the past, red drum populations will grow even bigger and anglers will rejoice! Georgia coastal areas, of course, provide some of the best reds fishing year-round. Don’t skip the canals layered with oysters on the bottom though!

Hot-spots? St. Marys – especially Spartina grass areas of Crab Island and in close proximity to Kings Bay. The Golden Isles (in the Barrier Islands) is productive in fall primarily. Surf fishing – wade fishing – and outright shore fishing is possible close to the barrier islands.

Outgoing tides is always best. I prefer free-lining DOA Shrimp of various colors until I start bagging them.

Mississippi – The Mississippi Delta is always holding heaps of redfish in early fall – September and October. Look at the saltwater channels in and around the Barrier Islands. If you’re a fly fisher, the Back Bay area of Biloxi is a highly sought after area. Many drum lovers in Mississippi.

Alabama – Coastal shores and Orange Beach are the main spots. When it gets chilly, the reds will head up small canals – and be ravenous. Feed them an artificial of almost any sort of shrimp or crablike looking lure, and you’ll get strikes.

Louisiana – For those of us used to fishing artificials, we sometimes overlook the fact that the big bulls are suckers for mullet. Head to Cameron Parish shoreline to fish artificial mullet in the not-too-deep waters.  Lafitte is another hot-spot.

Don’t forget, small ones are the best-eating fish, and you’ll find them on the high-tides in the deep marshes of the bayou. The Barataria Estuary gives anglers days of seemingly non-stop catches – dozens in a day of smaller fish under 10 lbs.

For bigger bull-reds, you’ll need to go out a little further at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas – the Barrier Islands near Corpus Christi are just filled with redfish – and is the spot we recommend more than any other in the state of Texas. Best time of the year is late fall before December, and of course May to June when the winds have calmed down considerably.

Other Texas hot-spots? Baffin, Galveston, Laguna Madre, and Matagorda.

Best Reds Fishing Spots in Mexico?

Mexico’s state of Tamaulipas borders Texas at the town of Brownsville and is the best spot in Mexico for catching fish along the coast. There is a massive protected area called “Laguna Madre y Delta Del Rio Bravo” on the northern coast which is a fantastic spot.

You can hire a boat or even shore fish in some areas. Map below. Link to map here.

The State of Tamaulipas has a very large protected area where redfish can be caught by boat or from the shore.
The green area on the coast of Tamaulipas is a redfish wonderland.

What Do they Eat?

Shrimp. Crabs. Mollusks. Pinfish. Mullet. Shad (menhaden). Killfish (mud-minnows), squid, dead cut-bait.

The inside of the redfish mouth is very hard and can easily crush crabs and other animals with a hard external shell. Frequently reds can be found on sandy bottom searching for crabs and other food – with their tails in the air.

This is called “tailing.” Reds when tailing can spook easily, but they can also be rather easy to catch if you know what you’re doing.

I have used artificial lures and live bait for catching these amazign fish. I like lures better for a number of reasons – primarily – ease of use, saving money, and I like the challenge of it.

Not to mention, fewer bait stealers nibbling the heck out of my shrimp until there’s nothing on the hook. I fished with live bait for the first couple of years of fishing in Florida before I finally got wise.

I just couldn’t see spending the money to get good lures or rigs. That changed when my buddy Paul caught fish after fish, Snook, and Black Drum for hours one day while I kept trying with my live bait.

I had spent around $30 on bait that day, and he was using the same couple DOA Shrimp. My bait was gone at the end of the day and he put his lures in his tackle-box to use the next time. That hit me. He was smarter than me! I, of course, couldn’t accept that, so started experimenting with different artificial lures.

Casting artificial soft (rubber) jigs, spoons, and sometimes top-water plugs can produce redfish.

How to Catch them—Techniques

From a Small Boat – Kayak, Canoe

Crabs are probably the favorite food of red drum and black drum because though they’re a little bit hard, they have the mouth and jaws for crushing it and extracting the soft parts.

Shrimp is probably preferred, but they’re faster and more difficult to see.

Crabs are hard to put on a hook and keep on a hook to present over and over to red drum. Shrimp are easy. Most of the time when fishing for reds – I use shrimp. Shrimp go on a hook easily and slow the shrimp down considerably so they cannot escape the gaping mouth of the the big bulls, or even the juvenile fish.

Fishing for reds from a kayak.
Redfish fishing from a kayak need not involve any more than a simple kayak. My rig in Florida was really tricked out with hacks to hold as much as possible on my yak. It really doesn’t need to be complicated…

If you want to fish with crabs, I’d recommend an artificial crab bait. Reds love them, and once you figure out which one works in your area, you’ll be hooking up more redfish from that point on!

How you fish for them depends on where the fish are in the column of water. Usually, they’re on or very near the bottom. If you’re in very shallow water, and you can see the fish tailing – freeline a shrimp and it will float as naturally as possible, encouraging strikes from reds.

If you’re in deeper, or faster-moving water, add a sinker to your line to bring the bait to the bottom. Experiment with how far away from the hook you add your static weight. I usually start with around 1 yard (meter) and see if that works. If not, I’ll go longer.

The longer the leader away from your sinker, the more your shrimp can float around naturally, hopefully bouncing on the bottom and teasing the fish into striking.

Redfish Fishing from a Fishing Boat

If you have a little bigger boat – flats fishing boat, or similar, you can use your water depth-finder to find spots where the shelves drop off.

The best fishing spots can be found by looking for drop-offs from 5 to 30 feet. Currents pull bait down into these pockets where big reds wait to choose what they eat.

Present a big shrimp, crab, or shad on a hook down at these depths during a tide and you’ll hook up. Mullet or big pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) are great baits for huge bulls.

A popping cork rig can be deadly from a boat near a school of reds. Try it! (See below).

When Is the Best Time to Catch them?

If you want to catch small reds – stalking them in the canals leading into a large saltwater bay can be really productive in April, May and June in most places.

Ideally, the water will be warming up and you’ll fish an outgoing or inbound tide.

For larger reds – bull reds – the best time for catching them is in late fall, but before December. Huge migrations of fish toward warmer waters happen over October and November, and you can often see schools tailing on shallow flats during this time.

Fishing Gear – Best Tackle for Your Best Chances

You can know where the reds are, but if you don’t know which tackle to use – you might as well pack it in and go get a beer and buy your fish at the restaurant tonight. Gear selection for catching these fish – and all fish – has become a real science.

I started out choosing bargain gear because I thought I could get away with it. Sometimes I did. Sometimes I lost fish on that junk gear too. That put an end to that, and I just buy the right gear for the right fish now. I catch more fish. I brag more too.

Rod and reel anglers from a boat will want a 7-foot medium or medium-heavy rod paired with a quality saltwater reel capable of spooling 175 yards of 12-20 pound test.

Spinning reels work fine, but if you want better casting accuracy and more power, a baitcasting reel is highly recommended.

While fishing from the shore or wade-fishing, a 9-foot long rod capable of holding 250 yards of fishing line is preferred. When fishing around structure, braided lines are highly recommended.

Anglers fishing with a fly rod will need 9-10 weight rods with medium or full-sink fly lines.

Best Rod?

I prefer bigger rods with medium-heavy action power and fast action. The two rods listed below can handle 8-25 lb. line – monofilament or even heavier braided line.

They are both around 7’6″ and 5 oz. in weight. These are very well-made rods that won’t splinter or have eyelets fall out after a year. Remember to rinse your rods with fresh water after every use.

Ugly Stick 7′ GX2 Inshore Rod for Spinning Reel – Best 7 foot Inshore Rod for Redfish 1

Ugly Stick 7′ GX2 Inshore Rod for Baitcasting Reel – Best 7 foot Inshore Rod for Baitcasting

Keep in mind, that if you’re getting a baitcasting reel – you’ll need a baitcasting rod with this finger grab:

Rod for baitcasting reel.
Make sure you get the right rod for your reel – this style is for baitcasting reels. If there is no finger-grab like this, it is for spinning reels.

Best Reel?

Spinning Reels

Though I strongly suggest a baitcasting reel for catching big drum. I understand that not everyone wants to learn how to use one. You probably grew up using spinning reels, and if you’re skilled at casting to red fish with a spinning reel, you’ll love these two different Penn Reels which are ideal for catching fish of any size.

Not to mention, these reels are ideal for catching any fish in the 1-40 lb. class. These are great reels for redfish, speckled trout, small grouper, cobia, flounder, snook, bluefish, and other fish found close to shore like sheepshead. Note, the bigger the fish are, the better the baitcasting reels (below) are.

Best Redfish Fishing Reels?

Reel #1 (PENN) Very high ratings; Made in America (Seattle, WA.)

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REEL #2 (PENN) Very high ratings; Made in America (Seattle, WA.)

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Baitcasting Reels

My strong preference is for using baitcasting reels for drum of all kinds and any sizable fish like snook, cobia, and reds. I made the switch in 1998, and I have been happy with my choice ever since. There are two primary advantages to baitcasting reels.

No wait, there are 3 advantages.

1.) Better accuracy in casting. I can place my bait right where I want, 90% of the time with my baitcasting reels. Of course, if you’re troll fishing you don’t care much about accuracy, but if you’re casting, you need an accurate cast to not spook the redfish.

2.) More power when reeling. There’s a more direct power connection with baitcasting reels. More power means less wasted energy.

3.) More durable. The spinning reels can succumb to any number of problems with their exposed internals and a wide line guide that seems to get caught on everything. I have broken a number of spinning reels over the years!

Best Baitcasting Reel 1, Made in America (New Jersey)
 Best Abu Garcia Brand Baitcasting Reel 1

Best Baitcasting Reel 2, (Offices in USA)
 Best Shimano Brand Baitcasting Reel 2

Fly Rod and Reel Combo
 Fly Rod and Reel Combo pack – Orvis

Twenty pounds (20#) braided line is what I usually put on in Florida because I never know what I’m going to catch – big red, snook, cobia? You’re going to want the same if you hook into a lunker. Preferably one of the braided lines.

The braided lines are more expensive but much less likely to break and they don’t have much memory – so they won’t foul your reel as often – if ever. One issue is that they are easily seen, so some people use a monofilament (clear line) leader at the end where the bait is – and it’s typically thicker – 30# or so for big fish and to prevent line breakage.

My preferred redfish line is here. I shop online because it saves me about 9 hours every time I want to find something. Walmart and other sports shops are frequently out of what I want, so I don’t waste any time shopping in stores anymore.It just works so well.

Best Fishing Line for Reds?

Best 20 pound Test Braided Line– (125 yards)

Best Hooks?

The best hooks for depends on whether you’re using live or artificial baits and what they are. Buying online is my favorite way to buy gear anymore. Everything is cheaper and items are almost always in stock. Unlike your local Walmart.

I love Gamakatsu hooks. They are ultra-sharp and strong, and I’ve not used anything else for about 20 years since they first started making them (or at least introduced them in the states).

Best Size 2 Hook for Redfish

Best Rigs?

1.) Drop-Shot Rig. One of the best (and easiest) rigs to create is a drop-shot rig. Take a piece of 30-pound monofilament leader (clear line) about 1 yard long. On one end, tie a 1-ounce sinker if you have a strong current, lighter if slow or no current.

On the other end, a 2/0 size Gamakatsu hook (see above link). About 12 inches from the sinker, create a knot with a loop. Attach your braided line to the loop. Add a shrimp and cast out. The sinker holds the bait to the bottom where the redfish are.

The separation of bait and sinker allows you to better feel a bite and less time for the red to feel the weight of the sinker and spit the bait.

2.) Popping Cork with DOA Shrimp (artificial lure). This one is called the Deadly-Combo. Pros started using it to win tournaments, and just haven’t stopped. You just get a popping cork and add it 2 feet from your artificial DOA shrimp.

Add some beads to it to make some more noise when you twitch your rod tip. Cast out and let the DOA shrimp drift with the incoming or outgoing tide in a grassy area ideally. When the popping cork disappears for a second, set the hook and reel in your red! Photo below.

Deadly Combo rig for redfish fishing – a popping cork with beads and balls to make snapping noises like shrimp.
Either buy the right as it is shown, or make one up yourself and maybe save a couple of quarters. These are deadly effective for redfish on the grass flats. At the end of the line is a DOA Shrimp – vary the color to see which gets the most hookups.

Popping Cork Rig for Redfish

Best Artificial Lures

Everyone has their favorites, but to me, nothing beats the following 3 lures. Buy them and stock up on them because they are consistently good producers for redfish.

Experiment with different colors and see what works. What works for catching redfish one day may not work the next. Buy a variety of these colors and test them out. It’s the only way you’ll know what works in your area for reds.

DOA Shrimp – Best Artificial Shrimp Lure

Artificial Fish Lure (Shad) – Best Artificial Fish Lure

Redfish Laws

NOTE – see restrictions in red at the top of this page.

Redfish catch limits and size restrictions have been very effective in regulating the numbers of fish taken out of our oceans. President George Bush made a law designating the redfish a protected species,  with full-protection from commercial fishing. It is illegal to catch reds in international waters around the USA.

It’s illegal to sell wild-caught red drum. I’m not sure if restaurant owners can catch it themselves and sell it in a meal, but I’ve never seen redfish on a menu in Florida.

That’s great news – there is redfish for anyone to catch – within the limits of the law. The laws governing size restrictions and bag limits for licensed fishermen (fisherwomen) have been varied over the years, so as to make provide the best protection possible for red drum populations.

There exists some commercial farming of redfish.

Here is a page covering current Redfish Size & Creel Limit Laws in states in the USA and Mexico.

How to Cook Redfish?

Eating these fish is one of the great pleasures I’ve had in life. The small reds are tasty just like a black drum – I cannot discern a difference.

The flesh is light and flaky and not oily at all. For really great tasting fish like redfish, sheepshead, gator trout, grouper, mahi-mahi, I just prefer a very simple preparation I’ll explain below.

TIP – adult redfish over around 10 lbs. taste much worse than younger ones! When given a choice, choose the smaller fish – for every species!

RECIPE #1 – Vern’s Fall on the Floor Baked Redfish

I was single for the 11 years I was catching redfish in Tampa Bay. I fished from my kayak mostly. Being single meant I stuck to the tried and true and didn’t experiment with different ways to cook the various fish I loved to eat. Here’s how I made redfish and others weekly for years.

First, before you get in the house, spray or rinse the redfish real good to get any sand or other gunk off the fish. Scale the red outside where the scales can fly around.

Clean the dinner fish in the sink by cutting from the anal opening up past the belly to the hard part below the lower jaw. Remove all the inside organs and compost them if you can. Take them outside immediately after dinner or your house will smell foul.

Cut off the soft tail part, and all fins with strong fish-scissors – you should have a pair of fish-scissors like these. With a sharp knife, cut 3-4 inch-long slices into the flesh of the redfish on each side – go about 1/2-inch deep.

Prepare a large piece of foil lined with cut garlic, real butter, greens, or whatever else you want to flavor your fish. I sometimes used cumin or curry to change it up.

Melt and pour, or just place hard slices of butter in the gut of the fish and over the outside so when it melts it will seep into the slices. Wrap up the foil and cinch it in the top center.

Poke some holes in the top of the foil – just tiny slices a half-inch long, about four of them to let some steam out. You don’t want it sealed up, and you don’t want all the steam to escape either.

Preheat your oven to 500°F or higher, a very high setting – and set the fish in the foil on a middle or high-middle rack and close it up. Depending on the size of the fish, you’re going to cook the redfish very quickly like this. You’ll also heat your kitchen up to 150 degrees. Ha!

But, that’s Vern’s style. I like to cook it quickly because 1.) I hate dry fish that cooks too long and cooks the flavor out. 2.) I am usually starving and want to cook that redfish as fast as humanly possible.

Check the fish in 10 minutes. Remove the pan and open the foil. Watch your face, or the steam will wake you up! Using a fork, just open one of the slices you made and see if it’s cooked through. Better to check the thickest part of the flesh because when that’s cooked – you’re done.

If you check a thin portion and it’s done, the thicker parts might not be done yet and you’ll remove it too early from the oven. If done – great! If not, check every 5 minutes until done. It almost always takes just 10-15 minutes unless it’s a huge redfish.

Our “5 Best Redfish Recipes” are here.

Best Redfish Fishing Reels?

Reel #1 (PENN) Very high ratings; Made in America (Seattle, WA.)

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REEL #2 (PENN) Very high ratings; Made in America (Seattle, WA.)

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