This record has stood for 53 years and may never be broken. It has been a record for 32 years and will not be broken until that monster redfish is landed in Georgia. Large redfish, known as bull reds, are really not palatable and should be released as quickly as possible. South Carolina is not far behind North Carolina with its redfish state record weighing in at 75 pounds. Red drum is a fast growing fish reaching approximately 11 inches and one pound in its first year, 17-22 inches and 3 1/2 pounds in two years, and 22-24 inches and 6-8 pounds in three years. The Alabama record is a 43-pound fish caught in 1982. To this day it has not been broken. Luke Ledbetter, visiting the Melbourne area from Alabama, thought at first that he had hooked a large snook or a redfish, based on the weight being applied to his line. This massive red drum weighed in at 55 pounds. One redfish larger than 26 inches is allowed per angler per day because of a possible state record fish. Join the Hunting and Fishing Depot community! This is a monster to catch on a fly. However, one fish greater than 26 inches may be kept. A giant redfish that would have almost certainly broken the current state record was caught — and then released — last Friday afternoon in Venice along the shoreline outside of South Pass. Each state allows for different sizes and quantity of redfish you are allowed to keep. The Mississippi redfish state record is one that has happened quite recently. Research in Texas indicates that sexual maturity may occur later in the Western Gulf. The Alabama record is a 43-pound fish caught in 1982. 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. Twenty- to 30-pound fish are not uncommon and some grow even larger. As red drum grow larger, fish, shrimp, and crabs become part of their diet. It was caught south of Cocodrie. World Record Redfish From NC (Photo Credit: Sportfishing Mag). I can actually say that “I Captain Patric Garmeson hold the current Alabama state record sheepshead.” While this accomplishment seems like it could happen to anyone with a … and bayous and remain there during their early lives. Billy Rotne and Tom Olivo were fishing in Mosquito Lagoon. I think most state records are like that.” Perhaps the largest spotted bass ever documented through genetics testing was a 6.1 pounder caught from Tennessee’s Lake Chickamauga in 2011. However, spawning may begin as early as August and end as late as November. Her catch actually trumps the current 80-pound-class redfish record by 26 pounds! One of the best inshore species anglers often target are redfish. © 2020 by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Blue Marlin: The small red drum in the estuaries feed on copepods and then move up to grass shrimp. Red drum spawn during the fall with a peak in September and October. Because they grow rapidly to a large size, redfish are popular with sport fishermen. The management of redfish is greatly influenced by the biology of the fish. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to leave us a comment below or email us at info@HFDepot.com. Under the plan, no harvest (recreational or commercial) of red drum is allowed in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Record Breaker This 70-pound, 4-ounce red drum is the largest redfish ever caught by a woman angler. The fish weighed 45 pounds, 9 ounces. Breaking Records On March 29, 2019 I landed a fish that put me in the Alabama record books. Some of the larger redfish in these schools (greater than 38 inches) may be 30 years or older. In my opinion, this is a record I would have thought had been broken by now. For those visiting the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast and want to catch a few redfish, your typical bass fishing gear will work most of the time. November 11, 2016. This content printed from the website located at: During a single year in the mid 1980s commercial and recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico harvested about 12.7 million pounds of redfish. Everyone is welcome! Other states report that red drum remain in the estuary until their third or fourth years (27 to 30 inches). Submit. And the bay doesn’t get enough credit as a great redfish destination.