Omaha Red Sox wrote:Scott, help me identify the type of fish I caught yesterday would you? It was definitely a type of catfish, but I can't find anything like it online. It was smallish, only a foot long, dark blue, and had a fin that started on his back and went all the way around his tail and belly, continous fin. Very prominent whiskers so it could be a bullhead of some sort. Pretty flat head too. There are some other types of catfish in this lake behind the house we're staying in and peacock bass. And I caught something with the net the other day that was the size and shape of a large bluegill, but had some pretty good color and I can't figure out what that was either.
The weather's not cooperating with us, but we're having fun. We enjoyed the beach yesterday, kid's first time, right before the rain hit. We were planning on the deep-sea fishing today, but a big storm's brewing so we'll put that off till Saturday, then we'll hit the swamps on Sunday for some airboating. Kid's enjoying all the lizards and other critters that are prevalent down here too.
Was the lake you were fishing in freshwater or brackish? I'm not so hot on freshwater fish. I can identify quite a few species but not near as many saltwater ones. Did you happen to get a picture of the bluegill-like one you caught? I'm not sure any snapper species live in brackish water. Snappers do have a fairly panfish-like body, though. Most snappers will have some prominent teeth. A mangrove snapper is basically just brown. A mutton snapper is lighter brown with a large dark spot on its side. Red snapper is, well, red. Yellowtail snapper is light colored with a prominent yellow stripe down the center of its side, running front to back.
The airboating is pretty cool (and noisey!). Something else you may consider is an aerial tour. I forget where we were, but there was a retired fellow who had a 4-seater Cessna type aircraft and did aerial tours just for fun. It literally didn't cost much more than the price of the fuel used. I think he just wanted an excuse to go out flying
The eye-level airboat ride is cool, the birds-eye view is also very neat. Watch out for gators man! And the snakes. And mosquitos