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Catching Redfish in the Summer

As with many other estuary-dependent fish, summertime is the beginning of a feeding frenzy in the estuaries. Many fish and crabs that were spawned in the spring begin to appear in the estuaries as small juveniles, and these are often followed by large schools of redfish. The fish tend to move throughout the day, seeking their preferred water temperature, from the shallow flats in the early morning to the deeper waters by the afternoon. Use live bait for redfish, soft bait lures for redfish or flies for redfish in the shallow flats in the morning, and spoons and deeper lures in the afternoon. Where the Fish are in the Summer Months

Catch and release redfish. Photo Credit: Debbie Hanson, Shefishes2.com

In the summer months, redfish are quite active in their movements because of the long, hot days. The fish will be most active in the shallows in the early morning, and then move into the deeper channels, lakes, and beaches as the day gets hotter, where they’ll find cooler water temperatures.

Catching Redfish in the Summer on the Flats

Summer flats fishing is best done at sunrise. The water temperatures in the shallows are just right in the early morning, and the fish will travel into these areas seeking small crabs and shrimp until the water warms by midday.

Redfish caught during the summer.

Catching Redfish in the Channels, Lakes, and Basins

On long, hot days, water temperatures in the shallows can fluctuate up several degrees. When the water gets too hot around mid-day, most of the fish will be in the deeper waters for cooler water. Deep water can vary among geographic areas, but will often include channels, deep cuts in the sea-grass beds, backwater lakes, and deep basins.

Summer redfish fishing. Janene Evans caught this nice summer time redfish on a live shrimp while kayak fishing in Port Orange, Florida - Spruce Creek.

An Overview of Catching Redfish in the Summertime.

Summertime reds will have to be chased depending on the time of day, as the fish move from the warm shallows in the early morning to the deeper channels, lakes, and basins throughout the midday hours. Following the fish throughout the day also gives some extra excitement through diversity.

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