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Red Snapper


Color pinkish red over entire body, whitish below; long triangular snout; anal fin sharply pointed; no dark lateral spot.

Similar Fish: Vermilion snapper
Size: to 20 pounds.
Remarks: Juveniles occur over sandy or mud bottoms and are often taken in shrimp trawls; adults may live more than 20 years, and attain 35 pounds or more; spawns June to October; feeds on crustaceans and fish.

Greater Amber Jack


Dark stripe (variably present) extends from nose to in front of dorsal fin and “lights up” when fish is in feeding mode; no scutes; soft dorsal base less than twice the length of the anl fin base.

Similar Fish: Other Seriola
Size: Common to 40 pounds
Remarks: Largest of the jacks; thought to spawn OFFSHORE through out much of the year; feeds on squid, fish, and crustaceans.



Bright greenish blue above, yellow on sides, with capability of flashing purple, chartreuse, body tapers sharply from head to tail; irregular blue or golden blotches scattered over side; anterior profile of head on adult males is nearly vertical; head of females more sloping; the single dark dorsal fin extends from just behind the head to the tail; anal fin margin concave and extending from anus to tail.

Similar Fish: Pompano dolphin
Common to 30 pounds
Remarks: One of the fastest-growing fish, thought to live no more than 5 years; swimming speed estimated at 50 knots; spawns in warm oceanic currents throughout much of the year; young found in sargassum weed; feeds on flying fish and squid.



An Englewood Florida Saltwater Fishing gem. Cobia are a long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.

Size: Common to 30 pounds. Florida Cobia Record: 103 lbs., 12 ozs.
Cobia Fishing Techniques: Casting, Drifting, Still Fishing and Trolling.
Remarks: Cobia spawn in spring and early summer; feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish.

Black Grouper


Color light gray or brown; large adults with elongated caudal-fin rays; reddish-brown spots on sides that tend to be grouped into lines; some yellow around corners of mouth.
Similar Fish: Yellowmouth grouper

Size: Generally smaller than gags or blacks.
Remarks: Spawns in late spring; feeds on small fish, squid, and crustaceans; undergoes sex transformation from female to male as it becomes older.

Red Grouper


Color brownish red; lining of mouth scarlet-orange; blotches on sides in unorganized pattern; second spine of dorsal fin longer than others; pectoral fins longer than pelvic fins; squared-off tail; margin of soft dorsal black with white at midfin; black dots around the eyes.
Similar Fish: Nassau grouper

Size: Common to 15 pounds, generally smaller than southern flounder.
Remarks: Spawns in April and May; life span of at least 25 years; feeds on squid, crustaceans, and fish.

King Mackerel


Color of back iridescent bluish green, sides silvery; streamlined body with tapered head; no black pigment on front of the first dorsal fin; lateral line starts high and drops sharply below the second dorsal fin; young fish often have yellowish spots like those of Spanish mackerel.
Similar Fish: Spanish mackerel

Size: Common to 20 pounds.
Remarks: Schooling fish that migrates from south Florida waters in winter to more northerly waters in spring; spawns in midsummer OFFSHORE; feeds on small fish and squid.

Spanish Mackerel


Florida charter boat fishing trips are almost always going to produce Spanish Mackerel. Spanish Mackerel have a color of green on the back, shading to silver on sides, golden yellow irregular spots above and below lateral line; front of dorsal fin black; lateral line curves gently to base of tail.

Size: Average catch less than 2 pounds (20-22 inches). Florida Spanish Mackerel Record: 12 lbs.
Spanish Mackerel Fishing Techniques: Trolling; Still fishing over wrecks or reefs; Drifting.
Remarks: Spanish Mackerel are a schooling fish that migrates northward in spring, returning to southerly waters when water temperature drops below 70 degrees F; spawns OFFSHORE, spring through summer; feeds on small fish and squid.

Grey Triggerfish


Entirely olive-gray; dorsal & anal fins marbled; caudal fin lobes elongate in large adults; one or more enlarged scales behind gill opening; 26 to 29 dorsal fin rays; 23 to 26 anal fin rays.

Size: To 20 pounds
Remarks: Triggerfish are a good eating bottom fish that are great to go after before the snapper season opens. Catch them all year.

White Marlin


Color of body dark blue to chocolate brown, shading to silvery white underbelly; noticeable spots on dorsal fin; upper jaw elongated in shape of spear; body covered with embedded scales with a single sharp point; tips of first dorsal, pectoral, and first anal fins rounded; lateral line curved above pectoral fin, then going in straight line to base of tail.
Similar Fish: Blue Marlin

Size: Common to 8 feet
Remarks: Uses its bill to stun fast-moving fishes, then turns to consume them; spawning procedures unknown; ranges throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean; feeds on squid and pelagic fishes.

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