My First Redfish by Ed Valitutto

As most of you know, my wife Pat and I are spending January through March in Cape Coral, Florida. Fishing has been a little slow due to the “cold Florida weather”. However, things are warming up and so is the fishing.
While fishing today off a small park pier, a redfish inhaled my shrimp and gave me quite a battle. I estimated the weight to be at least 10+ lbs. Florida has a ‘catch and release’ on snook and redfish due to the red tide a few years back. So, after a quick photo, back it went!

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