SILVER PERCH (Bairdiella chrysoura) OTHER NAMES: Yellowtail, Sugar Trout, Silver Trout
RANGE: Inshore waters, mostly in the upper half of Florida. Seems to be more plentiful on the Gulf Coast, especially the Panhandle and Big Bend areas.
HABITAT: Abundant in coastal rivers and streams during the winterÐsometimes schooling so thickly that catches could be made by the dozens, or even hundreds, if an angler were so inclined.
DESCRIPTION: Grayish or steel back, silvery on sides. Fins and tail yellowish. Confused in name and appearance with the Silver Trout (which see), but this is not a Seatrout, although related. Absence of canine teeth is the giveaway.
SIZE: Up to perhaps 10 inches; common at 4-6 inches.
FOOD VALUE: An excellent panfish; seldom large enough to fillet. Rolled in meal and deepfried, they are delicious.
GAME QUALITIES: Too small to provide much sport, but they at least provide some action on many winter days when the sought-after Redfish and Trout are hard to find.
TACKLE AND BAITS: Light spinning tackle with small hooks and pieces of shrimp, fish or squid. They readily hit artificials and are easily hooked on very small jigs. Croakers Combo Guide
FISHING SYSTEMS: Casting; Still Fishing.