I grew up in TN and lived quite a few years in FL. My two favorites, in no particular order, are floating Rapala made to look like a wounded minnow and plastic worms. The Rapala evokes some vicious topwater strikes. The plastic worm has produced some really big fish.
Caught a Seagull once on a Floating Rapala, and have caught a few Turtles while Bait fishing.
Had to “Shoo- Away “ an immature Great Blue Heron while Topwater fishing for Striped Bass which was chasing my lure, That would have sucked.