Redfish, known as ocean perch are an orange to flame red above, fading to a paler color below. Redfish with large eyes are perch-like in appearance. Redfish have a flattened body that is three times longer than it is deep. Their mouth is large an is lined with many small teeth. One continuous dorsal fin runs from the nape of their neck to their caudal peduncle. Their tail fin is small. Redfish are very spiny.
Redfish can be found in deep waters, but in the winter will show up in shallower waters. Redfish are a slow growing fish. Ages in excess of 50 years and length up to 18-20 inches have been noted. Redfish prefer a rocky bottom, their diet includes crustaceans, mollusks, and small fish. Redfish racks(what remains after filleted) use to be the primary bait source for the lobster industry back in the 1960- late 1970’s.
Redfish is a very sweet fish- easy and quick to prepare as the filets are on a smaller scale.
*Illustration by Roz Davis, provided courtesy of the Maine Department of Marine Resources Recreational Fisheries program and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.