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Red Drum - Redfish

Updated on October 11, 2014

Red Drum - Redfish Information

This page has information on red drum, also known as channel bass or redfish. Red drum inhabit shallow bays and estuaries, targeting crustaceans and bait fish.

They are highly prized as a recreational fish. In some parts of the USA, redfish anglers compete in national tournaments that are similar to freshwater bass fishing events.

Surf fishing is a popular way to catch red drum in some regions. Along Mid Atlantic beaches and barrier islands, anglers fish with baits such as whole spot, spot fillets or heads, mullet, bluefish fillets, crabs, or shrimp.

In the South Atlantic and along the Gulf Coast, anglers often fish for redfish with artificial lures. Favorite choices include jigs, swimming plugs and soft plastics. Fly anglers also target redfish, using a wide range of baitfish or shrimp patterns.

In an Executive Order on October 20, 2007, President George W. Bush designated the Red Drum as a protected game fish. The red drum is also the state fish of North Carolina.

Chesapeake Bay Red Drum Fishing

Red drum or redfish can be caught in a myriad of ways. Probably the most widely utilized technique for catching red drum in the Chesapeake Bay is to anchor along a channel edge or shoal and bottom fish with cut peeler crab bait or other baits including, squid, cut spot, live spot and even chicken breast soaked in peeler crab oil.

In areas like Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds, anglers usually look for a somewhat sharp drop and anchor so that the boat lies on the slope of the channel. This depth is only a starting point and can vary greatly.

Many anglers prefer to fish a window of opportunity that includes the last 2 hours of the incoming current and the first 2 hours of the outgoing. If this coincides with dusk, the fishing is more likely to be good.

Other techniques for catching Chesapeake Bay red drum include trolling large spoons in the lower bay region of Virginia.

Tagged Red Drum

These are entities that tag red drum:

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, Virginia Gamefish Tagging Program

Lewis Gillingham

968 S. Oriole Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(757) 491 - 5160

(757) 491-5172 (fax)

North Carolina Adult or Juvenile Red Drum Tagging Program

Lee Paramore

P.O. Box 769

Morehead City, NC 28557


South Carolina DNR Adult Red Drum

Tagging Program

Bryan Frazier

PO Box 12559

Charleston, SC 29422-2559


Georgia Cooperative Angler Tagging


Donna McDowell

One Conservation Way, Suite 300

Brunswick, Georgia 31520


Most programs offer rewards for re-captured tags.

In Virginia the reward varies, either a t-shirt, hat, fish pin, or plastic utility box.

North Carolina offers $5 or a hat.

South Carolina offers a hat.

In Georgia the reward varies, but usually consists of a t-shirt or hat.

Broiled Redfish Parmesan

A delicious Fresh Seafood recipe!

Broiled Red Drum Parmesan

2 pounds redfish fillets

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

3 green onions, chopped

thinly sliced lemon and parsley for garnish, optional

Place fillets in a single layer on a greased baking dish or broiler

pan; brush with lemon juice.

Combine Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, salt, butter, and green onions in

a small bowl; set aside.

Broil fillets 4 to 6 minutes, or until fish flakes easily

with a fork. Remove from oven; spread with cheese


Broil about 30 seconds longer, or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

Garnish with sliced lemon and parsley if desired.

Serves 6 to 8.

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      cooldiet 7 years ago

      Wow! This I would really like to catch!

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