It's a good idea to know the catch when you land it, so here are some of the species you can find in the waters of
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Redfish, also called red drum, channel bass, spottail, red bass or reds, are one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and the state’s most widespread estuarine fish. Redfish in Florida can reach lengths of 45 inches and weigh up to 51 pounds.
Floating a live shrimp under a popping cork is a good way to fish for red drum. They also chase crabs, mullet, pinfish and bait fish.
The common snook is also known as the sergeant fish or robalo. Occurring in shallow coastal waters, estuaries and lagoons, the fish often enter deep holes. They are carnivorous, with a diet dominated by smaller fishes, and crustaceans such as shrimp, and they love white bait.
The Sea Trout is a silver colored fish with beautiful black spots and are found in the grass flats as their main diet is shrimp. They can be from 15 to 24 inches and weigh 2 to 3 pounds. Most commonly caught from spring through fall in shallow, grassy flats and in grass-lined channels and holes.
The Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) inhabits coastal waters, estuaries, lagoons, and rivers. Tarpons feed almost exclusively on schooling fish, shrimp and crabs. In appearance, tarpons are greenish or bluish on top and silver on the sides. The large mouth is turned upwards and the lower jaw contains an elongated, bony plate.
Spanish Mackerel are aggressive feeders preferring shrimp and small fish. The trick to catching a Spanish Mackerel is to use fast moving lures such as spoons or by trolling. They can be found close to shore and further out in waters to about 40 feet, traveling in schools. This fish migrates seasonally, spending the winters in southern Florida waters then migrating north to spawn.
The Black Tip Shark is often found in the bay around river mouths, bays, beaches, and estuaries during the summer months. The Black Tip reef shark mostly eats reef fish, and will feed on any cut bait under a popping cork. It hunts in small groups during the day. The Black Tip is not very aggressive but can be slightly dangerous to divers and waders if provoked.