Fishing charters from the hook to the table
Code Red Fishing Charters is out on Mosquito Lagoon catching scale-tipping redfish everyday. Redfish are a popular sport fish along the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. It isn’t just about the thrill of fighting that temperament and size at the other end of the line. Redfish make a pretty tasty dish. Put on your chef hat with Code Red Fishing Charters, as we share the secrets of catching and preparing redfish.
You need to know where and how to catch a redfish before you take out the fryer. As with every fish species, you must know their habitat, spawning and feeding habits to have a successful fishing experience. The outcome of your fishing experience depends on it. Code Red Fishing Charters has the secrets to when, how and where to cast, and all the technique you’ll need from the hook to the table.
We favor the shallow waters of Mosquito Lagoon, where redfish thrive all year round. You’ll find them in backwater flats, marsh creeks, rivers, and oyster bars. Why is Mosquito Lagoon our favorite fishing spot? Mosquito Lagoon is unique in that it is one of the few places where redfish live their entire lives. The shallow and clear waters allow the sunlight to penetrate and reach the vegetation on the bottom. The vegetation provides a home to large schools of redfish. Most redfish dwell their entire lifespans within a six mile radius of their birthplace. This means that most redfish remain in the lagoon for a lifetime. Other redfish migrate into the lagoon for spawning. It’s simply the best place to catch a fine meal!
Redfish naturally feed on live shrimp, mullet and menhaden. You can bait with live shrimp or mud minnows on a jig head or free-line it. Redfish are primarily bottom feeders. Baiting a standard bottom fishing rig with live finger mullet and crabs produces results, especially when adding the scent of cut bait. Code Red Fishing Charters prefers live bait, but artificial bait works well too.
The real trick is in how you play it. Think about how your redfish perceive the bait. It’s more than just selecting the right bait. It is important to imitate the prey of the fish you are targeting. Also think about the size of your selection. Big bait will bring big fish. Your trophy catch is always tailing behind your bait fish.
How to cook your catch
Whether grilled or roasted, redfish are tasty cooked and served in or out of their hardened skin. You’ll absolutely love this recipe!
Half Shell Recipe
¼ cup of extra-virgin olive oil, and a couple tablespoons on the side for brushing
2 redfish with scales intact and pin bones removed (about 2 ½ pounds)
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup minced flat-leaf parsley-garlic
2 minced garlic cloves
Preheat the oven to 475°.
Lightly oil a large baking sheet.
Place the redfish fillets with skin side down onto the baking sheet.
Brush on approximately 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Sprinkle the fillets with crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.
Place the redfish fillets on the bottom rack of the oven for about 20 minutes or until the flesh flakes.
Mix parsley, garlic, a 1/4 cup of olive oil, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl.
Transfer the fish to a platter, and drizzle with the parsley-garlic oil.
Serve with lemon wedges.