Redfish, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Captiva Fishing, Redfish!

Redfish Snook, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 30, 2017.
Redfish Snook, Blind Pass, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, November 30, 2017: Redfish.

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Thursday, November 30: Redfish, Blind Pass, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; a spot of red tide @ Boca Grande Pass); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Thursday, November 30:  Redfish, Blind Pass; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 30, 2017, [File Photo - Sunday, October 15, 2017].
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Thursday, November 30, 2017, [File Photo – Sunday, October 15, 2017].
“The red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), also known as channel bassredfishspottail bass, 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.[1] It is the only species in the genus Sciaenops.

The red drum is related to the black drum (Pogonias cromis), and the two species are often found in close proximity to each other; they can interbreed and form a robust hybrid, and younger fish are often indistinguishable in flavor.[2]

Fly Fishing, Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 19, 2017, [File Photo - Wednesday, October 11, 2017].
Fly Fishing, Redfish, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, November 19, 2017, [File Photo –
Wednesday, October 11, 2017].
Red drum 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. Three-year-old red drum typically weigh 6-8 lb. The largest red drum on record weighed just over 94 lb and was caught in 1984 on Hatteras Island. Red drum and black drum both make a croaking or drumming sound when distressed.

Hurricane Irma, Redfish In Morning & Then Pulling Boat Out, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 8, 2017.
Hurricane Irma, Redfish In Morning & Then Pulling Boat Out, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Friday, September 8, 2017.

The most distinguishing mark on the red drum is one large black spot on the upper part of the tail base. Having multiple spots is not uncommon for this fish, but having no spots is extremely rare. As the fish with multiple spots grow older, they seem to lose their excess spots. Scientists believe that the black spot near their tail helps fool predators into attacking the red drum’s tail instead of its head, allowing the red drum to escape.[3]

Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, August 6, 2017.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, August 6, 2017.

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 crabsshrimp, and mullet; in the spring and winter, adults primarily feed on menhaden, mullet, pinfishsea robinlizardfishspotAtlantic croaker, and mud minnows.

Redfish On The Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, May 15, 2017.
Redfish On The Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, May 15, 2017.

Red drum naturally occur along the southern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Aquaculture activities involving them occur around the world.[4] 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.”  Please see more information here.

Two Redfish Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 [File Photo: Sunday, October 2, 2016].
Two Redfish Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 [File Photo: Sunday, October 2, 2016].
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We’re located at Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

Redfish, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Satuday, August 19, 2017. File Photo.
Redfish, Oyster Bars, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Satuday, August 19, 2017. File Photo.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned with sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, June 11, 2017. File Photo.
Redfish, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, June 11, 2017. File Photo.

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Redfish, Oyster Bars, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Friday, March 11, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.