The Spotted Sea Trout were fun to catch, but once the January temps dropped, so did their bite. Heavy rains passed and cooler weather brought clear skies, improving water clarity. When the winds shifted to the north-east, the Red Drum started biting.
The once-threatened Red Drum is making a rebound. Since it's classified as "bycatch" -- unwanted fish caught during commercial fishing for a different species -- it holds little value for commercial fishermen. In this part of Florida, there are strict size limits (18"-27") with a possession limit of 5. Because of these factors, their numbers are back up. Lucky for me!
Redfish are a schooling fish. Here are a few small "cookie cutters" -- all were between 14"-15", which I released.
|The unmistakable spot near the tail makes Red Drum easy to identify.|
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