Sport Fishing

Sport Fishing



If you like sport fishing, you surely will like to​ fish for​ redfish. Redfish is​ a​ common name for​ a​ range of​ species of​ fish throughout the​ English-speaking world. it​ is​ commonly applied to​ members of​ the​ deep-sea genus Sebastes, or​ the​ reef dwelling snappers, Lutjanus. it​ is​ also applied to​ the​ slimeheads or​ roughies (family Trachichthyidae), and​ the​ alfonsinos (Berycidae). This feisty species is​ one of​ the​ best fighters in​ the​ inshore spectrum and, if​ cooked correctly, a​ great addition to​ the​ barbeque menu. Even some restaurants have adopted the​ fish as​ a​ specialty. for​ example, at​ the​ famous Redfish Seafood Grill and​ Bar on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, they headline, “At Redfish, we serve up a​ parade of​ award-winning French Quarter specialties, including classics like Blackened Redfish, Crawfish Etouffee and​ Jambalaya.”

Young redfish, or​ red drum as​ they are often called, feed in​ the​ shallows on clams, crabs, mussels and​ shrimp. Red drum are an​ inshore species until they attain roughly 30 inches (4 years), then they migrate to​ join the​ near-shore population; spawning occurs from August to​ November in​ near-shore waters; sudden cold snaps may kill red drum in​ shallow, inshore waters; feeds on crustaceans, fish and​ mollusks; longevity to​ 20 years or​ more.

The fish gets its common name from the​ copper bronze large scales on their bodies, which are darker in​ cloudy water and​ lighter in​ clear waters, but the​ most distinguishing feature is​ a​ dark spot at​ the​ top of​ the​ base of​ the​ tail. for​ the​ fisherman, however, the​ most recognizable feature is​ the​ tail disturbing the​ water in​ the​ calm shallows and​ frequently breaking the​ surface. the​ sight of​ a​ dozen or​ more redfish “tailing” as​ this foraging behavior is​ called is​ enough to​ set the​ adrenaline coursing through the​ veins of​ the​ most hardened sportsman.

Catching redfish is​ like all fishing. You just have to​ be in​ the​ right place at​ the​ right time with the​ right bait and​ tackle.

A fishing rods strength or​ lifting power is​ determined by its action. a​ light action rod has a​ low strength, making it​ ideal for​ casting light lures and​ fighting smaller fish, whereas a​ heavy action rod is​ much stronger, and​ therefore suitable for​ fighting big brutes like Giant Mekong Catfish. Most rod manufactures offer rods varying from Light to​ Heavy, but the​ extreme classes Ultra Light and​ Extra Heavy do also exist. Use a​ light medium action rod because you could end up doing a​ lot of​ casting before you finally lure your trophy specimen onto the​ hook, and​ use the​ lightest line you feel comfortable with. Just remember to​ set the​ drag accurately (the pro’s will actually use a​ scale and​ set it​ to​ sixty percent of​ nominal breaking strain).

The right time is​ easy, fish the​ feeding grounds on the​ flats and​ oyster bars on the​ rising tide and​ till just after the​ tide turns and​ fish the​ hiding places in​ the​ troughs and​ sloughs on the​ ebb. the​ most reliable spots are on the​ edge of​ the​ mangroves close to​ deep water. This gives the​ combination of​ a​ great feeding spot with an​ easy escape route when threatened.

As far as​ bait is​ concerned, if​ you are fishing for​ the​ pan, use live bait. Live animals such as​ mealworms, red worms, night crawlers, leeches, maggots, crayfish, reptiles, amphibians and​ insects may be used as​ bait on all waters not restricted to​ artificial flies and​ lures. Toss your bait or​ lure as​ close to​ the​ mangroves as​ you dare, let it​ sink for​ a​ few seconds, then retrieve slowly. Redfish tend to​ wave their tails slowly when feeding. When the​ strike comes, you will know all about it, and​ the​ fish will do all the​ work of​ setting the​ hook. Your job will be to​ get the​ fish away from the​ mangroves and​ then to​ enjoy the​ fight of​ your life. This is​ when the​ challenge of​ light tackle fishing will tax your skill and​ fill your psyche with pride.

Happy fishing, and​ look out for​ the​ recipe coming soon! Just remember, if​ you are not going to​ eat the​ fish, release it​ unharmed. Always respect your local fishing regulations.




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