Florida Redfish Fishing Locations And Strategies

A little bit further along the coast you will come to the Cape Coral, Fort Meyers, and Punta Gorda area of Florida.  This location is dominated by Cape Coral and the unique canal fishing available there.  Cape Coral is a city that has hundreds of miles of saltwater canals, all leading to the Caloosahatchee River.  These canals are loaded with Redfish.

When fishing the canals you will notice it is a different kind of fishing for Redfish.  The water is much deeper, about eight to twelve feet deep on average.  In these locations the Redfish has adapted and displays a completely different pattern of behavior.  They have learned to relate to docks.  In Cape Coral almost all of the houses have a seawall along the canal system.  These houses of course have docks and boats so their owners can enjoy the river and ocean.  The entire food chain exists around these docks.  Bugs, small fish and crustaceans and large predatory fish all call this area home.  Redfish in particular use these docks as ambush positions.

There are a few keys to dock fishing for Redfish.  Live bait is the best if your sole goal is catching the most fish.  A large shrimp is best for quantity of fish and a pin fish works best for the largest fish. You want to place your offering right next to a dock and simply wait for a Redfish to slam into it.

Generally the first move a Redfish will make is to take the bait away from the dock and eat it. Once hooked however it will quickly try to break the line on the dock.  You must have a rod with the backbone to horse a fish away from a dock quickly when fishing in Cape Coral.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

One Response to “Florida Redfish Fishing Locations And Strategies”

  1. paul weber says:

    Dan. I like your website info. What type of fish can i catch in Croton canal S.E. 36TH ST. I’ll be fishing the back end at the Casa Loma motel.Thank you.

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