Florida is popular year-round for redfish, but they don't stay in one area. As the seasons change, the reds move. From early spring through late fall, large schools of redfish invade the local grass flats of St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay (Gulf Coast). During the high tide, redfish cruise mangrove shorelines, oyster beds and grass flats foraging for crabs, shrimp and baitfish.
The best months to hit the south Florida flats, backcountry and Biscayne Bay for redfish are May through August. In this climate, reds are around during other months of the year, but these months tend to produce the best action. [source: Hale]
Other prime Florida locations for redfish anglers include:
- Big Lagoon, Fort Barrancas, Fla.
- Caladesi Island at Dunedin, Fla.
- Dog Island, Fla.
- Don Pedro Island at Placida, Fla.
- Ochlockonee River at St. Teresa, Fla.
- Waccasassa Bay, Fla.
The coast of South Carolina shouldn't be ignored during the summer months. Fishing salt marshes, creek mouths and near oyster beds is popular, as the redfish are feeding on the baitfish that are being pulled out by the tide. [source: Rhodes]
Murrells Inlet, near Myrtle Beach, S.C. produced a record 75-pound red in 1965, and is still a popular near-shore and inlet-fishing hotspot.
Cameron Parish, La. produces monster bulls that can be taken right from the shoreline. While the redfish chase mullets to the shoreline, anglers get a chance to snag 50-pound reds in just a few feet of water. [source: Felsher]
Where's the best fall redfish location in the United States? Find out in the next section.