What To Catch
The largemouth is an olive green fish, marked by a series of dark,
sometimes black blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along each
flank. The upper jaw of a largemouth bass extends beyond the rear margin
of the orbit. In comparison to age, a female bass is larger than a
male. The largemouth is the largest of the black basses, reaching a
maximum recorded overall length of 29.5 inches and a maximum unofficial
weight of 25 pounds, 1 ounce.
The black crappie has a deep body with nearly symmetrical dorsal and anal fins. The speckled pattern on the body and fins identifies the black
crappie. Unlike most other panfish, crappie spend much of their time
offshore feeding on small fish in lakes or in large slow-moving
clear water rivers. Their primary food items include crustaceans, aquatic
insects and small fishes.
The spotted sea trout has prominent canine teeth. Like other fish of the
family Sciaenidae, the spotted sea trout has an elongated soft dorsal
fin that has no scales; it is separated form the spinous dorsal fin by a
deep notch. It usually has two anal spines and the lateral line extends
to the tip of the caudal fin. The back has distinct spots scattered on
it, including on the dorsal and caudal fins. Unlike some other members
of the family Sciaenidae, the spotted sea trout does not have any chin
barbels. In stained water, this fish's background may take on a golden
hue. Its shape and coloration is reminiscent of a brown trout. The
average size of spotted sea trout is 1-2 pounds, but in most areas fish
up to 5 pounds are fairly common. Eight- to 10-pound fish are rare.
The Redfish, also known as channel bass, red drum, spot-tail bass or
simply Reds, is a game fish that is found in the Atlantic Ocean from
Massachusetts to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to
Northern Mexico. It is the only species in the genus Sciaenops. Redfish
are a dark red color on the back, which fades into white on the belly.
The Redfish have a characteristic eyespot near the tail and are somewhat
streamlined. Three-year-old Redfish typically weigh 6 to 8 pounds. When
they are near or over 27 inches, they are called “bull reds.”