You could be right. But, the eyes don't have to be red for it to technically be a Redeye. Also, spots and smallmouths sometimes have red eyes, but are not Redeyes.
As I understand it, the distinguishing characteristics are usually white tips or fringes on some of the fins, turquoise coloration on the cheeks, and possibly red eyes. There is something about tooth patches on the tongue and something about dorsal fin separation too, but I am not sure.
You say not in this watershed, which part of the state were you in?
true but if you compare this picture to the other small spot I posted they have similar spotting patterns fins and eyes. this one just does not have a defined lateral pattern. which I have been informed is an occasional variation especially in smaller fish.
the water quality where we were fishing is too poor to sustain redeye especially with the low water. however they are found in other parts of the system.
You are right that there can be a lot of variation in the coloration and spotting of spotted bass. I have caught some that look like largemouths, some with striping suggestive of smallmouth or shoal bass, and some that have virtually no patterns at all.
I still think this one is a Redeye, or at least has some redeye in it. Regardless of the species, it looks like you had a great trip. We should definately fish next time you are in Alabama.
Below is a link to a good discussion on black bass species identification: