Fishermen targeting red drum often scour the skinny waters of far-removed marshes or bays as if in search of hidden treasure. While one may be found there, one guide has discovered a pot of redfish gold hidden in plain sight. Inside New River Inlet, around Sneads Ferry, locating deep-water oyster beds is the key to tangling with quality reds.
Capt. Ricky Kellum of Jacksonville’s Speckled Specialist Inshore Fishing Charters fishes the New River from the inlet to Sneads Ferry, chasing the best bite around. According to him, the likelihood of hooking a red that’s above-average in size is one of the main draws inside the inlet.