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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:53 am 
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Juvenile and adult redfish released at Tropical Pte. Park the other day. Good to see , maybe they will stick around that area. Today, they're releasing more in Collier co. , not sure where.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:49 am 
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Good to see and every little bit helps but I have been catching more rat reds this year than I have ever seen. What I think we need more of is bait fish for them to eat so that they can grow up, big and strong! I fear that it is the bait fish population that took the worst hit from the red tide but hopefully they will come back fast.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:11 am 
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Wish they would resurrect the RedFish stocking/release program in Biscayne Bay.... they tried it a couple times years ago and it was discontinued and I guess considered a failure.... Today there is a small population, perhaps survivors of the older efforts, we see out there, very large ones mostly with no spots, they seem to hang out in small groups of 2 to 5 fish, sometimes more, but they are very spooky and seldon get caught.

Recently in the last year or so there have been confirmed reports of Red's some of them what are considered rat Red's in the Bay and oceanside grouped up and mixed with schools of Bones and Mullet. Some of the older guides and old/long time fishermen think it may be a result in the poor water conditions in the NE areas of Florida Bay (ENP) causing the fish to migrate to better living conditions in cleaner water.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:44 pm 
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Migrating certainly a possibility, during the red tide / green algae this summer, trout moved out of Estero Bay to northern PI sound, and south to Marco. Still haven't returned in numbers , but that happens.


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