Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials Bust Two People For Taking 13 Undersize Red Drum

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While conducting land patrol, Officers Nelson and Carr performed a resource inspection of two individuals fishing from a nearby bridge. During the inspection, it was discovered the individuals were in possession of 13 red drum contained in a cooler in the bed of their truck. The officers measured each fish and determined that all but one of the fish were undersized. The fish were returned back to the resource and appropriate citations were issued to the individuals. (FWC Image)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – While conducting land patrol, FWC Officers Nelson and Carr performed a resource inspection of two individuals fishing from a nearby bridge.

During the inspection, it was discovered the individuals were in possession of 13 red drum contained in a cooler in the bed of their truck.

The officers measured each fish and determined that all but one of the fish were undersized.

The fish were returned back to the resource and appropriate citations were issued to the individuals.

Red Drum Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Red drum, also called redfish, channel bass, spottail, red bass or reds, are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish.

Red drum are named after the “drumming” sound the make during spawning and when taken out of the water. The sound is produced by muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder. Red drum inhabit the nearshore and offshore waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Key West.

Red drum, also called redfish, channel bass, spottail, red bass or reds, are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. (FWC image)

Juvenile red drum inhabit rivers, bays, canals, tidal creeks, and passes in estuaries for up to four years, after which they usually move to nearshore or open ocean waters as adults.

Red drum in Florida can reach lengths of 45 inches and weigh up to 51 pounds. The world record red drum was caught off North Carolina waters in 1984 and it weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces.The oldest recorded red drum in Florida was aged at 40 years. Floating a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good way to fish for red drum.

They also chase crabs, mullet, pinfish and killifish (mud minnows). Casting soft-bodied jigs, spoons and even top-water plugs will catch the attention of these powerful estuarine musicians. Redfish make great table fare.

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