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Florida Sportfishing Species

Family Rachycentridae


Description: long, slin fish with broad depredded head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripes extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.

Similar fish: remora, Echenis naucrates

Where found: both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around bouys, pilings, and wrecks.

Size: common to 30 pounds.

Remarks: spawns in spring and early summer' feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish.


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