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Old 09-20-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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We fished the Coast Guard Station in Destin Sunday morning before heading offshore. We caught several fish in the 12" range that looked like a redfish, had a spot on the end of their tail like a redfish, but were blue and silver????? Do juvenile redfish that grow up in this area not get color until they get bigger? Or is it a different type of fish?
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Here's a pic of one I found that doesn't look red.
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:36 PM   #3
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Looks like a red fish to me.
I think the red comes from there diet, I can say that growing up in Tampa and fishing the bay, then going to the east coast to mesquito Lagoon, that there colors were very different depending on where you caught them. I hope someone else weighs in on this though
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def a redfish, blue comes from the crustacians and the light color is from the white sand its been hanging around
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Yes - red fish are not necessarily "red" - the reddish tint varies greatly. Most fish i have seen that have been out in clear gulf water have less "red" those inshore on dark - tannic water have a deep copper/rust color red.

I have caught bull reds in the pass that had almost no red at all - then ran 5 miles back into Pensacola Bay, and got a bull red the same size that was a deep reddish copper.

lastcast - nice pic - I like the how you captured the blue on the tail -
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Not mine, it's a googled pic.
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alot of it depends on the habitat they are living in...i have caught them in stainded water and they were bronze to almost black, then i have caught them off the sandbar and they were silverish....
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