SPOT (Leiostomus xanthurus) OTHER NAMES: Spotted Croaker, Mizzouki Croaker
RANGE: Common on Atlantic Coast, except south of Palm Beach County. Also found in lesser numbers along most of the Gulf Coast.
HABITAT: Very common in the surf, also bays and inlets.
DESCRIPTION: Easily distinguished from other Croakers and similar panfish by its forked tail and prominent spot behind the gill cover. Brassy color with wavy or mottled lines above; fading to white on underside.
SIZE: Averages 6-8 inches; rarely reaches one pound.
FOOD VALUE: One of the most popular panfish.
GAME QUALITIES: Spirited panfish.
TACKLE AND BAITS: Light spinning tackle, small hooks, pieces of cut fish, squid or shrimp. Croakers Combo Guide
FISHING SYSTEMS: Still Fishing.