The redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus), also known as channel bass, red drum, spottail bass or simply reds, is a game fish that is found in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Northern Mexico.
Redfish naturally occur along the southern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the United States, including the coasts of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Immature redfish prefer grass marsh areas of bays and estuaries when available. Both younger mature redfish (3-6 years of age) and bull redfish prefer rocky outcroppings including jetties and manmade structures, such as oil rigs and bridge posts. Around this type of structure, they are found throughout the water column.