Redfish are one of Florida’s most popular sportfish, with a copper-bronze body, large scales and commonly found with one or more dark spots at the base of the tail. Redfish are a native species that live in coastal waters and can grow up to 61 inches.
Spotted Trout is native coastal water fish that has a dark gray or green body fading to a lighter belly and sharp teeth on its upper jaw. It has black spots on its back that extend down the tail and dorsal fins. It lives in seagrass beds and over sand bottoms, typically moving into still waters during the cooler months of the year. It can grow up to 39 inches.
Southern Flounder is a spotted brown flat native fish with both eyes on its left side, canine-like teeth and a wedge-like shaped tail located in the middle of its body. They live at the bottom of estuaries, brackish bays and sometimes tidal creeks and freshwater. These types of flounder commonly grow up to 20 inches.
Sheepshead is a mostly-gray colored western Atlantic coastal marine fish concentrated mostly in Florida waters. Equipped with 5 to 6 bar-like stripes on the side of its body, sharp dorsal spines and frontal stubby teeth, this fish is open year-round to fisherman. Sheepshead’s growth can range from 10 to 30 inches in length.
Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) is a dark bluish-green or greenish-black species often found inshore, though adults tend to spawn offshore. They are found in north Florida’s surrounding coastal environments during the summer and migrate south for the winter. Tarpon have large scales. Large upward-pointed mouth, and one dorsal fin with an extended filament.
Black Drum is a gray or black bodied fish with a high arched back, large scales and pharyngeal teeth powerful enough to crush shellfish, often oysters. Black Drum typically live in river mouths, bays, estuaries. and lagoons and reside on the bottom. They can commonly be found around oyster beds and docks, occasionally being found offshore as well. This fish can grow up to 67 inches.
Cobia are also known as lemon fish or ling. It is brown with a dark stripe from the eye to tail and has a long, slim body. Usually found in nearshore and inshore waters with bays and inlets, Cobia often hang out around buoys, wrecks and pilings. Cobia can grow up to 6 feet and range from 10 to 50lbs.