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Bucket List: Bull Fighting in Indian River, Mosquito Lagoon

A trip to Volusia County, Fla., pits anglers against the monster redfish that lurk the flats, canals and cuts.

Bucket List: Bull Fighting in Indian River, Mosquito Lagoon

An enormous red drum is on many anglers’ fishing bucket list. (Photo by Larry Larsen)

Most inshore anglers who chase tarpon, snook, sea-trout and redfish always hope to catch some that are significantly larger than average. We go where there are good fisheries for our target species, maybe fish deeper and (with the exception of tarpon) use bigger baits to tempt the monsters. We also often rely heavily on luck.

Giant bull redfish, however, are unique. We can sight-fish for them and land colossal catches in clear, fairly...

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