Inshore Fishing and Redfish

Inshore fishing is great for catching redfish. Redfish are also known as red drum, bull red or simply red. Redfish to grow throughout their life; the world record redfish is 94 lbs. A 20 to 30 lb fish is not uncommon to catch off the Alabama Coast. These fish are fast growing and reach approximately 11 inches and one pound in their first year, 17-22 inches and 3 ½ pounds the second year, and 22-24 inches and 6-8 pounds in the third. For the first three years they mainly live in bays or in the surf zone near passes.

Try this great redfish recipe: Cajun Blackened Redfish.

Recipe makes 4 servings

1/4 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups Italian-style salad dressing
4 (4 ounce) fillets redfish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low heat; cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the cayenne pepper, black pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder and salt. Set aside.

  3. Dip the filets into the melted butter, then coat with the seasoning mixture.

  4. In a large skillet over high heat, sear fish on each side for 2 minutes or until slightly charred.

  5. Place in a 11x7 inch baking dish and pour the Italian dressing onto each filet. Cover baking dish and bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until flaky and tender.