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Inshore Fish Species

Redfish

Known as a fish that will not quit, redfish can be absolute brutes. And as such, they have become one of the most sought after fish in the shallows of Florida. Since their protection in the mid 1980's, redfish numbers have proliferated and are especially abundant and large on the east central Florida coastline. Redfish have a coppery bronze color with a tinge of red color will vary depending on water clarity. Normally, redfish have one spot on the base of their tails but often there are several or many spots.

Spotted Seatrout

East Central Florida is home to the largest spotted seatrout in the world. After entanglement netting was constitutionally banned in Florida, seatrout have rebounded back to healthy numbers and sizes that we haven't been seen since the early 1980's. Seatrout are an aggressive fish that will strike anything from top water artificials, spoons, jigs, live bait and various fly patterns. They are also great eating fish with white flakey meat.

Sheepshead

The Sheepshead is a large porgy. It reaches a maximum weight of about 20 pounds. Its coloration is silvery to yellowish white, with an olive-brown back and five or six dark slightly diagonal bars along each side. It is found close inshore, often in the brackish zones of estuaries. It uses it’s flat long teeth to crush mollusks and crabs and to scrap barnacles from rocks and pilings.

Flounder

The flounder is morphogenetically unusual. When born it is bilaterally symmetrical, with an eye on each side, and it swims near the surface of the sea. After a few days, however, it begins to lean to one side, and the eye on that side begins to migrate to what eventually becomes the topside of the fish. With this development, a number of other complex changes in bones, nerves, and muscles occur, and the underside of the flounder loses its color usually turning white. As an adult the fish lives on the bottom, with the eyed side facing up. Ambushing it's pray as it swims by.

 

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