Friday, October 7, 2011

Redfish Size Limits

In the State of Florida you can keep one redfish per day as long as it's no less than 18 and no more than 27 inches in length.  There is no closed season on this species and October is one of the best times of year to catch them in the Matlacha and Pine Island area. 

The redfish in the photo above was caught this morning in Matlacha Pass on a white Zara Spook.  It was 20 inches long and even though that might be Florida legal, on my boat it's too short so I tossed it back in the water.  I won't keep a red for dinner, or allow my anglers to do the same, unless it's at least 21 inches long.  As far as I'm concerned, those extra three inches add a sizeable chunk of meat to each fillet and really make the fish worth eating.  I'm not saying that I think that Florida should raise the size limits on reds, I just think that the 18 to 20 inchers are too skinny for me.

 If you want to keep an 18 inch fish on my boat, then we can go catch sea trout.  Fishing for them is great right now and they taste awesome, too.