I love to fish. Local lakes are great but I have no boat. The banks are being absorbed by rich people making it hard for us poor to fish. I go the Florida on the gulf - both Foley and Tampa Bay. I fish for salt water fish there. I live in a complex with ponds. I have caught Bass, crappie, bluegill (bream or whatever you call them), cat, etc. There has been a 43lb catfish caught in the ponds. Fishing is a good way to not worry....
The fish with the spot is a red drum also called a redfish, spottail bass, or simply "red." They put up a hard fight and are known for diving down against the oyster beds in order to cut your fishing line!
Glen, You are a lucky man living in FL. I really miss living and fishing in FL. We lived in Venice FL. for 15 years, and have been going to Venice for about 30 years. Have you ever fished the beaches for flounder? I got pretty good at catching beach flounder, beach trout, and beach snook. But flounder was my main fish for my last 6 years there. Keep the reports and pictures coming. Thanks. I hope you don't mind me posting this. I just want to help. Thanks for the report.
I will try to explaine how I caught beach flounder and beach trout, and even a snook now and then. My best lure for beach fishing was a 1/4 oz. DOA Night Glow Shrimp Cast along the beach, not way out from the beach. You will catch more fish fishing close to the beach. Most flounder are no more the 10 or 15 ft from the beach. That why it is best to cast parallel to the beach. Look for something different along the beach, like sand bars, and rocks. Rocks are the best. Fish swiming along the beach will always stop at rocks. Stay away from them pretty swimming beaches. Work the DOA Shrimp very slow along the bottom. You can glide the DOA over rocks in the water. the flounder will be in them shallow rocks. Sometimes the pretty large trout will also be in the rocks. It is more to it, but that should get yo started. I will post a few pictures of what to look for on the beach. If you can find rocks along the beach, you probably found some fish.