Category Archives: Salt Water Fish Species

Sail Fish

SAILFISH (Istiophorus platypterus) OTHER NAMES: Atlantic Sailfish, Spindlebeak, Pez Vela : has a huge, saillike dorsal fin, dark blue in color with black dots, which extends almost the entire length of its body. It also has a spearlike upper jaw, torpedo shaped body, and a forked tail. Dark on top shading to white on bottom. […]

Pin Fish

PINFISH (Lagodon rhomboides) OTHER NAMES: Spanish Porgy, Shiner, Sargo, Chopo Sina RANGE: All Florida coasts. HABITAT: Small pinfish swarm over inshore grass flats in warm or temperate weather, retreating to deeper water with dropping temperatures. They also can be found around other cover, such as rocks and bars. DESCRIPTION: Silvery with many narrow longitudinal yellow […]

Pig Fish

PIGFISH (Orthopristis chrysoptera) OTHER NAMES: Grunt, Orange Grunt, Piggy RANGE: All Florida coasts and the Bahamas. HABITAT: Unlike most Grunts, the Pigfish doesn’t mind murky water or soft bottom, and makes itself at home in a variety of shallow-water habitats throughout the state. Although most are taken over grassy flats, they are also plentiful around […]

Inshore Lizardfish

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 […]

Little Tunny

LITTLE TUNNY (Euthynnus alletteratus) OTHER NAMES: Blue Bonito, False Albacore, Little Tuna RANGE: All Florida coasts, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. HABITAT: All Florida coasts, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. DESCRIPTION: Wavy lines on back and spots around pectoral fin make this one easy to identifyÐbut it is well known anyway to nearly every angler […]

Lady Fish

LADYFISH (Elops saurus) OTHER NAMES: Ten-Pounder, Skipjack, Chiro RANGE: All Florida coasts, the Bahamas and Caribbean. HABITAT: Ladyfish occur the full length of both coasts, ranging from the open sea off beaches and shorelines, to inlets and bays, and for up coastal streams. They seem to have no preferred surroundings, but follow wherever good feeding […]

King Mackerel

KING MACKEREL (Scomberomorus cavalla) OTHER NAMES: Kingfish, Sierra, Cavalla Long and slim body, has tiny finlets along top and bottom between dorsal fin and tail. Gray on back shading to drab silver to white underneath. Pectoral fin is scaled. Young kings possess yellow spots, similiar to Spanish Mackerel. RANGE: All Florida coasts; also the Bahamas […]

King Fish

SOUTHERN KINGFISH (Menticirrhus americanus) OTHER NAMES: SouthernWhiting, King Whiting Southern King coloration is brown to silver-gray, with dark bars on sides, white on the bottom. RANGE: All Florida coasts; more common to Atlantic . HABITAT: Roams sandy bottom. Abundant surf fish. DESCRIPTION: Large head with one barbel at tip of lower jaw. Flattened belly. Overall […]

Grey Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish (Blistes capriscus) OTHER NAMES: Common, Triggerfish, Common Turbot, Cucuyo RANGE: All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean. HABITAT: Mostly found well offshore in northern half of Florida, but inhabits both inshore areas – patches, holes, bridge and dock pilings – and offshore reefs of South Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands. DESCRIPTION: Uniform […]

Greater Amberjack

GREATER AMBERJACK (Seriola dumerili) OTHER NAMES: Amberfish, AJ, Coronado, Cavilia RANGE: All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean. HABITAT: Adults are common at various depths, ranging from reefs several hundred feet deep to fairly shallow wrecks and reefs. Big ones also come close to shore at times, particularly in the Keys and the Islands. Artificial reefs […]