Blue crabs are one of the most recognizable varieties of shellfish. Commercial fisheries exist along much of the Atlantic coast of the United States, and in the Gulf of Mexico. In the past two decades, the majority of commercial crabs have been landed in four states: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana.
Shrimp are widespread, and can be found near the seafloor of most coasts and estuaries, as well as in rivers and lakes. There are numerous species, and usually there is a species adapted to any particular habitat. They play important roles in the food chain and are an important food source for larger animals ranging from fish to whales. Shrimp are widely caught and farmed for human consumption.
The flounder is wonderfully adapted for its way of life. Both eyes in adults are on the "up" side of the head and the pigmentation of the upper side of the body can be varied to match the surrounding environment. A small body cavity and the absence of air bladder aid the flounder in maintaining its position on the bottom. During the fall, when flounder are moving to the Gulf for spawning, the best catches are made in the channels and passes leading to the Gulf.
The Speckle Trout is one of the most popular sport fish along the Gulf coast. Its abundance, willingness to hit natural and artificial baits, and fine eating qualities make the species extremely popular with anglers.
A Bull Red is simply a redfish that has grown to maturity and is over 27 inches. Once a redfish crosses over the 27″ mark, it is considered a “Bull”. They range from the 32 to 40 inch mark but can go bigger.
The most distinguishing mark on the Bull Red is one large black spot on the upper part of the tail base. Having multiple spots is not uncommon for this fish but having no spots is extremely rare. The color of red drum ranges from a deep blackish, coppery color to nearly silver. The most common color is reddish-bronze. It is considered a great sport fish because it will hit on most kinds of bait.