Double header redfish are common when fishing around Clearwater Beach during the spring. In September and October, redfish are gathering in schools to move offshore to spawn, and then they return in March to feed on the flats, thus replenishing their food supply that they spent on their spawning journey.
Spring is a great time to catch one of these highly sought after game fish. One of the great things about these bronze bombers is that they are not finicky towards baits. Redfish are bottom feeders. Therefore, any bait presented towards the bottom of the water column is a prime candidate to get eaten by a red drum. Our bait of choices is pin fish. Pin fish look similar to a freshwater sunfish. Pin fish often shimmer on the bottom of the grass flats and this reflection of sun light draws the redfish towards them.
A interesting fact about redfish is that they inhabit many inshore and offshore areas around the Gulf of Mexico. Red drum are very adaptable to different marine conditions. For instance, in the dead heat of summer redfish will eat when other fish are too lethargic to move, and in the coldest parts of the winter you can also find a redfish to take your presentation. During the spring, we fish the schools that are roaming the flats, looking for bait and while seeking to avoid the porpoise.
On our charters, we strongly recommend catch and release. A redfish has to be a minimum of 18” and can not exceed a maximum of 27” in order to keep it. Whenever a saltwater fish is killed it usually takes 5 years for nature to replenish that fish. Therefore, the FWC (Florida Wildlife Conservation) has created moderate regulations to ensure the survival of the species. Clearwater Fishing Charters respect the sensitivity of our fishery and seeks to communicate the delicate nature of our ecosystem to our clients. After all, on charter we are asking mother nature to show us a good time.