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Why We Love Marsh Redfish

By April 3, 2024No Comments
A picture of Why We Love Marsh Redfish with Legends of the Lower Marsh

Last Updated on April 4, 2024 by Eric Bonneman

Stalking redfish in the salt marshes near Gulfport is an amazing fishing experience! There are countless reasons why redfish are considered the pinnacle of game fish across the Gulf Coast’s inshore fishery. The moment you engage in battle with a robust adult redfish, you’ll quickly comprehend the broad appeal these creatures command.

Diving Deeper into Marsh Redfish

Upon reaching maturity, redfish ascend to the top of the food chain in the saltwater marshes, embodying the quintessence of apex predators. Their method of predation involves a stealthy maneuver through the marsh, keenly on the lookout for crustaceans like blue crabs and shrimp, as well as small fish that form the crux of their diet. At other times, they employ a more static hunting strategy, taking cover behind oyster bars, at strategic points, or within seabed depressions, patiently waiting for an unsuspecting bait to swim by. This dual approach to hunting showcases the redfish’s adaptability and prowess within their marshy habitats, making them a formidable force when fishing in the shallow waters of the Biloxi Marsh.

A picture of Why We Love Marsh Redfish with Legends of the Lower Marsh

Marsh Redfish Angling 

What really distinguishes the larger marsh redfish is their tendency to seek out food in extremely shallow waters, so shallow that their backs often break the surface. This behavior typically indicates they’re in a prime feeding mode, making them more susceptible to targeting a lure that’s strategically placed in their path. Often, they’ll aggressively move through the shallow water to snatch up the lure, demonstrating their readiness to feed.

Additionally, a common sight among redfish is their habit of foraging at the marsh bottom, resulting in their tails protruding above the water – a behavior known among fishermen as “tailing.” This tailing signifies that the redfish are in an active search for food, turning this into an ideal time for anglers to attract their attention with a well-positioned lure. When they’re tailing, redfish are typically aggressive feeders, showing a strong predisposition to strike at the lure with considerable force.

This inclination for aggressive feeding, both when surfacing in shallow waters and while tailing, provides anglers with a unique opportunity. By understanding these behaviors, fishermen can enhance their strategy, timing their lure placement to capitalize on the redfish’s natural feeding patterns. Spotting a tailing redfish ignites a moment of excitement as you begin to contemplate your plan of attack.

A picture of Why We Love Marsh Redfish with Legends of the Lower Marsh

Going Head-to-Head with Redfish

Hooking a redfish means you’re in for a real fight. These fish are known for how hard they pull back the moment they grab the lure. They head straight down, trying their best to get off the hook. This part of fishing is really about seeing who’s stronger, as they keep up the struggle until they’re finally close enough to the boat.

Redfish aren’t just about muscle, though; they’re tough in other ways too. They can be out of the water for a little while, which is great for snapping a quick picture before you let them go back to the water to get even bigger. This toughness, along with their quick growth, helps make sure that the marshes stay full of redfish. Good fish care means there’s always plenty of them around for fishermen to enjoy. Every time you go out, you can expect the same exciting challenge, keeping the fun of fishing for redfish fresh consistently.

Redfish Culinary

Beyond the catch, redfish are highly prized for their culinary value. The flesh is both firm and mild-flavored, making it a favorite among many. In Mississippi, regulations allow anglers to keep three redfish per person, within the size range of 18-30 inches. A sizable redfish can provide enough meat to satisfy a group of four, with popular preparation methods including blackening with Cajun spices or frying. Another beloved method is cooking the redfish on the half shell, grilling it skin-side down over indirect heat.

Join Us for Marsh Fishing

Book your adventure with us and discover firsthand why redfish fishing is such an exhilarating experience. We’re confident you’ll appreciate the thrill of catching redfish just as much as we do.