Also known as Red Drum, Redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus) are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish, with a copper-bronze body, large scales, and commonly found with one or more dark ocellated 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 Seatrout, or Speckled Trout (Cynoscion nebulosus), 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 (Paralichthys lethostigma) 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.
Black Drum (Pogonias cromis) 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.
Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) 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.