Is this the Largest Redfish Ever Caught in Florida?

record-refish edited-1 Captain Bob Fisher and Holly Macaree, of Indianapolis, hold what might have been a state-record redfish. Photo: Rob Urbanek

Charter boat Captain Bob Fisher could not believe his eyes when his customer, Holly Macaree, reeled the giant redfish catch up to the boat in the Indian River. According to Fisher, it was the biggest redfish he had ever seen, and would likely a state record-breaker, but the Florida slot-limit practically rules out any redfish to be legally assessed and certified.

Fisher took Macaree and her friend Rob Urbanek, both from Indianapolis, on a river guide trip on March 23, the day the giant red was pulled from the water. They were using pinfish for bait.

“We saw the water swirl, and then all heck broke loose,” Fisher said. “What a pretty fish. It took her a while to fight it on spinner equipment.”

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More About The Indian River Lagoon System

The Indian River Lagoon system is fairly close to Disneyworld in Kissimmee, FL.It runs from New Smyrna Beach, north of Miami, to Jupiter Inlet. The North Indian River Lagoon is without a doubt the premier stop in Florida for giant trophy redfish and currently holds the state record.

On the north end of the Lagoon, Titusville serves as a center point to some of the best fishing for redfish anywhere in the Indian River. The North Indian River Lagoon is definitely the place for heavyweight reds. Indian River redfish commonly extend up to four feet and can weigh over 50 pounds.

There are likely new state record redfish in the Indian River Lagoon, but the Florida slot limit practically rules out getting any to be certified legally. Indian River Redfish are famous for their tailing behavior on grass flats in the Indian River Lagoon system.

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