Also known as red drum, channel bass, spottail, red bass or reds, the redfish is making a revival of sorts in the Malaysia fishing scene. Not a commonly found fish in the wild here, they were stocked in ponds back in the 1990’s and slowly faded away making way for other fresher sport fish.
Back then we were mostly catching them with live prawns or soft-plastic lures.
The redfish has been pulling in the local anglers again of late mainly popularised by a new pay-to-fish pond.
Catching them on dead or live bait will not be too difficult, but for those choosing to use artificial lures and flies, they will need to think a lot harder as the catch-and-released fish are learning very quickly to be cautious of what they choose to eat.
Most times, the strike of a redfish is not much of a drama – you may even think you got hung-up, but the redfish then makes a good account of itself and puts up a good fight.
The pond operator seem to have responded to the demand and is stocking up more fish with plans for a pond with 4 to 5kg redfish.