Redfish, Red Fish, Red Drum
Our marriage was founded on spending years looking for redfish in our local inshore and nearshore waterways. After all, fishing was an inexpensive date, providing hours of outdoor pleasure together. Often, I found myself guiding my young wife on Banana River fishing trips into uncharted waters in the pursuit of saltwater game fish.
Redfish like the Black Drum, forage in shallow water for small crabs and shrimp. As a result, their backs and tails are inadvertently exposed above the waterline. Gina and I enjoy watching redfish tail in the shallow grass beds, taking our camera to record their antics before making a cast. Because larger redfish are legally restricted to harvest, catching them on camera is an alternative challenge. We’ve spent entire mornings photographing feeding fish before picking up a fishing rod.
We try to capture a snapshot of larger caught fish before releasing. The new age of digital photography has added another dimension to our fishing adventures for red drum. Photos of our children and life long friends with their catches have attached memories to the walls of our home and modern social media. If you are visiting Cocoa Beach, Orlando or its theme parks with your family, I would welcome the opportunity to take you on a flats fishing trip to explore our beautiful lagoons and waterways.
The redfish have become a focal point in our lives over the years that have given us purpose to go outdoors. I often ponder in my mind, what common bond our marriage would share if we didn’t live near water. A redfish may never know what joy he’s given us. I can’t help but wonder if there’s a higher purpose to fishing than merely catching a meal.
Fishing the Mosquito Lagoon for Redfish
Redfish is synonymous with fishing Mosquito Lagoon. Historically this waterway has held more redfish than any other Florida fishing destination. At present, our redfish populations are abundant enough to sustain this reputation.
During the winter each year, it is not uncommon for me to run over one hundred trips on the Mosquito Lagoon with our anglers. Look me up as your Orlando fishing guide and let’s go fishing!
More Information About Redfish – Florida Wildlife Commission FWC
World Record Redfish – Sports Fishing Magazine
Captain Richard Bradley
Charter Fishing Captain/Guide
First of all, I’m the husband and father of three incredible women who have made my life a living joy. I’m also a lifelong resident and third generation Floridian that enjoys the outdoors in recreation and job. It has been my pleasure to take my family, friends, and customers on fishing excursions on Florida’s east coast where I grew up for over five decades.
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