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Updated: 04/05/2018 08:30:02AM

Why redfish?

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By Capt. Mike Myers

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I personally believe that the single best thing about living here in Southwest Florida is the fishing. Seeing as you’re reading this column, I’m pretty sure you’re in agreement with me. And the best thing about our fishing has to be the sheer number of different species of fish we have that can put a bend in our rods on any given day. In our area, we are literally forced to choose only a couple of different species to target on any one trip, because there is absolutely no way to target the entire plethora of species we are so fortunate to have around here in just one day. If you really stop and think about it, we have the ability to catch more species on one trip then most states have species in total.

It’s not uncommon for my clients to catch a half-dozen different species of quality fish on just a good old trout fishing trip. Let’s just take a look at a recent trip. We caught silver trout, speckled trout, jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and a flounder — and that was just while catching bait for our shark fishing trip. We went on to catch three different species of shark. If my math is correct, that makes 10 different species in just four hours.

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