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#12395941 - 08/22/17 07:40 AM Colorless Red Drum?
IslandJim Offline
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I caught a 17" Red Drum yesterday but it wasn't red. It was dark grey over light silver. At first, I thought it was a trout, but there were no "specks". It had big tail spots, and the fins weren't yellow. No hint of gold or red anywhere. The other two reds I caught in the same spot were normal colors. Anyone else ever see one like that?

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#12403586 - 08/27/17 02:30 PM Re: Colorless Red Drum? [Re: IslandJim]
webbangus Offline
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Registered: 04/06/12
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Loc: TX
I think that is because they have been in deeper water. Haven't sun tanned yet.

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#12403737 - 08/27/17 04:37 PM Re: Colorless Red Drum? [Re: IslandJim]
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Might have just been a big whiting or blackdrum
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#12412474 - 09/03/17 01:46 PM Re: Colorless Red Drum? [Re: IslandJim]
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#12415280 - 09/05/17 03:55 PM Re: Colorless Red Drum? [Re: IslandJim]
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Registered: 09/29/12
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Loc: Austin, TX
I've noticed quite a lot of color variation in redfish over the years. I've caught some that were dark grey with no hint of red, to the point that I thought they were skinny black drum at first glance. I've also caught several redfish with multiple dark spots on their bodies - almost like a seatrout, in addition to the standard tailfin spot.

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#12420385 - 09/09/17 04:39 PM Re: Colorless Red Drum? [Re: IslandJim]
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Registered: 08/05/08
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That's wild

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#12438100 - 09/22/17 10:34 PM Re: Colorless Red Drum? [Re: IslandJim]
letsgofishin Offline
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Registered: 11/16/06
Posts: 223
Loc: Aubrey Texas
I have caught several like this, usually smaller ones. Never caught one like that over 22 inches. Small or young reds will not leave the bays until they are 3-4 years old. During this time they can be on a diet that will not let the red colors come out in them. Eventually they grow up move into deep water and color up.

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#12438114 - 09/22/17 10:48 PM Re: Colorless Red Drum? [Re: IslandJim]
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#12438122 - 09/22/17 11:01 PM Re: Colorless Red Drum? [Re: IslandJim]
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Registered: 05/22/16
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I wonder why reds vary in color? One place I fish has reds that are sometimes a bright gold color. Seems like the ones I catch near a pass to the gulf tend to be more silver and without much of the red or bronze. I can't remember catching one with zero red or gold color. Seems like the eyes always have a little bronze, red or gold in them.

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