Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Fish of the Week

Red Drum

Sciaenops ocellatus


  • Chin without barbels
  • Copper-bronze body, lighter shade in clear   waters
  • Scales large
  • Mouth horizontal and opening downward
  • One to many spots at base of tail (rarely no spots)

Similar Fish:  Black Drum, Pogonias cromis.

Size:  Common to 20 pounds.

Habitat: Juveniles are an inshore fish, migrating out of the estuaries at about 30 inches (4 years) and joining the spawning population offshore.      

Notes: Spawning occurs from August to November in nearshore waters. Feeds on crustaceans, fish, and mollusks.  Longevity to 20 years or more. 


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American shad are anadromous, which means they live in salt water but spawn in fresh water.

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