Archive for September 17th, 2010

Bull Redfish Run

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This is Passport to Texas

What are big and plentiful and ready to give anglers a good fight?

07—Large schools of mature red drum – male and female – aggregating near gulf passes to spawn.

Bill Balboa is ecosystem leader for Galveston Bay. Late summer through fall, bull redfish—called bulls because of their size, not gender—between 28 and 50 inches long, swarm near shore during a Texas style running of the bulls.

20—They call them bulls for a reason, and it’s because they’re very strong fish; they don’t give up easily. So generally most anglers are going to fish for bull reds in the surf using what I would consider typical surf tackle — which is a little bit heavier rod and reel, because what they can expect is a lot of long runs from this fish. They pull very hard. Much like a bull would pull if you had it on a rope.

You can reel in these bull redfish all along the coast, but if you really want to get a workout, head north of Matagorda Bay.

08—A lot of bull red fishing occurs in Sergeant up off of Freeport; Crystal Beach and Bolivar, in that area, and off of Sabine Pass.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.