Other common names: Redfish, channel bass. Size: Maximum up to 80 lbs. (Bull Reds) average 30 lbs. immature fish range 10-15 lbs.
Distribution: Western Atlantic, from gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, but rare north of New Jersey.
General: A bottom-feeding, schooling species and very common along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Gulf coast. They frequent shallow water and are easily recognized from the characteristic dark oscillated spot or spots. Food consists of small fish such as grunts, pinfish, crustaceans and mollusks. The redfish is among the most popular marine sport fish in the United States.
Food value: In most of the books today you will see it rated as "excellent table qualities" and it is if you burn it black in a frying pan with a lot of hot chili peppers and heavy spices. That is if you like hot peppers. The truth is that it had always been considered a rough fish with a low value on the market, until the Blacking Redfish recipe came along. You be the judge.