Fish You Can’t Miss During an Everglades Tour
Surrounded by water on both sides, Florida is home to tons of different types of fish. The Everglades is one of the most amazing places to go fishing in the United States. Everglades Holiday Park offers everything you need to get a fishing trip going, even boat rentals. However, if you are more of the sit-back-and-relax-type, here is some information on the different types of freshwater fish you are likely to encounter during an Everglades tour.
- Largemouth Bass – One type of fish you will see a lot while on an Everglades tour is the largemouth bass. These types of bass are different than the others because they have an upper jaw that extends beyond the rear edge of the eye. Their first and second dorsal fins are also separated by a dip like other types of bass.
- Peacock Bass – Also known as the Butterfly Peacock. The body is similar to a largemouth bass and has varying colors. They are generally golden with three vertical black lines going from top to bottom. A great indicator that you have seen or caught a Peacock Bass is the black spot with a yellow-gold halo on its tail fin.
- Gar – There are different types of gar you may see during an Everglades tour. The Alligator Gar has two rows of sharp teeth and an irregular body shape, with somewhat of a long nose. They also have spots all over their bodies.
- Snakehead – Also known as the Bullseye Snakehead, these fish are able to breathe air. They are shaped like a torpedo and usually have red eyes. They also have a reddish-orange eye-spot right near the base of the tail.
- Catfish – Catfish are easy to distinguish during an Everglades tour because they have whiskers for sensory organs! These fish are known as bottom-feeders and the locals love to catch them some catfish for dinner later.
If you are taking a trip to the Everglades in order to fish for any of the aforementioned fish, you must remember that there are laws and licenses for catching and releasing fish in the Everglades.