INSHORE LIZARDFISH (Synodus foetens) OTHER NAMES: Galliwasp, Lagarto, Sand Pike
RANGE: The Offshore Lizardfish, along with other members of its family, is distributed throughout Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The Inshore Lizardfish is coastal.
HABITAT: Both types prefer soft bottom.
DESCRIPTION: There are several species, of which two are well known to many anglersÐmostly as pests. The Inshore Lizardfish, shown here, and the Offshore Lizardfish, Snodus poeyi, are easy to distinguish, simply because one is caught in shallow coastal water and the other in deeper water farther offshore. Both are colored in shades of brown with dark blotches or diamond marks on the sides. The Offshore Lizardfish is usually more darkly colored and has a blunter head and even larger mouth than the inshore species, but both sets of jaws are wicked-looking and fitted with many sharp teeth.
SIZE: Paradoxically, the Offshore Lizardfish runs smaller, seldom reaching 1 foot, whereas the Inshore Lizardfish commonly exceeds that length and sometimes runs 15 or 16 inches. World record 2 pounds.
FOOD VALUE: Not good; very bony.
GAME QUALITIES: Both types are vicious, persistent strikers, but too small to fight much.
TACKLE AND BAITS: Almost always caught while fishing for something else, Lizardfish strike any sort of live or dead bait and have no bias at all against artificial lures, at which they usually keep banging away until they finally get hooked.
FISHING SYSTEMS: Drifting; Still Fishing.