Every once and a while when we’re off-shore fishing in Florida Gulf waters in the summer we’ll spot a very interesting phenomenon, large schools of Spadefish that are grouped together just below the surface and very visible. I have a feeling they are either schooled-up for spawning, or staging to spawn. When we see them we don’t fish for them.
Other times we fish the shallow Florida flats for Sheepshead and Black Drum and often hook Spadefish. These fish are beautifully colored and remind my of an Angelfish. They are scrappy fighters and will often take a small piece of fresh shrimp when you are targeting other species, especially around structure. You can keep them for eating and they are delicious!