The Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), aka Redfish or simply Red, is a game fish found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to northern Mexico. It is the only species in the genus Sciaenops. Reds are abundant on Galveston bay and can be caught year round with winter being the slowest time. Beginning in March and running though September, Reds can be found prowling the shallow flats and oyster reefs in search of crustaceans. During this time it is not uncommon to find Reds tailing. This is when they feed in shallow water and their tails can be seen protruding from the surface of the water as they dig in search of crabs, shrimp and other bottom dwelling prey. Finding them like this makes for a great sight fishing experience but anglers must use stealth as the Reds will spook easily in the shallow water.
Redfish average around 4 to 5 pounds in Galveston Bay but grow to as large as 90 pounds. Targeting the larger fish (Bull Reds) along the Galveston jetties can make for a great day on the water. Reds are managed using a slot system with only fish in the 20 – 28 inch range legal to retain. Fishermen can retain one fish larger than 28 inches per season using their special tag provided as part of the Texas annual fishing license. Finding Reds in a Frenzy is relatively common place in Galveston Bay…….Get in touch today to go chase these bruisers!!
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