Redfish are the most abundant fish species located in the inshore and offshore regions of Venice, Louisiana. This area is known as the redfish capitol of the world thanks to the abundant population of these sport fish. From the small eater size specimens to the 40-inch-plus bulls, the fishing is world class.

The nutrient-rich and high fertility, and widespread habitat of the marshy Mississippi Delta has allowed redfish populations to thrive. Conservation practices have helped build their populations even greater. Additionally, this same area also harbors the redfish preferred food sources such as baitfish, crabs and shrimp.Venice, Louisiana redfishing is so popular that it brings in several recreational and tournament fishermen each year.

We catch redfish with live bait under floats, but they can be caught by sight-casting the shallows, topwater lures, plastics, and hardbaits. Spinning rods and reels are the preferred methods.

Redfish

The red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), also known as channel bass, redfish, spottail bass, or simply red, are a dark red color on the back, which fades into white on the belly. The red drum has a characteristic eyespot near the tail and is somewhat streamlined. The most distinguishing mark on the red drum is one large black spot on the upper part of the tail base. The red drum uses its senses of sight and touch, and its downturned mouth, to locate forage on the bottom through vacuuming or biting. On the top and middle of the water column, it uses changes in the light that might look like food. In the summer and fall, adult red drum feed on crabs, shrimp, and mullet; in the spring and winter, adults primarily feed on menhaden, mullet, pinfish, sea robin, lizardfish, spot, Atlantic croaker, and mudminnows.

Red drum naturally occur along the southern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Immature red drum prefer grass marsh areas of bays and estuaries when available. Both younger mature red drum (3-6 years of age) and bull red drum prefer rocky outcroppings including jetties and manmade structures, such as oil rigs and bridge posts. Around this type of structure, they are found throughout the water column.

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