Category Archives: Salt Water Fish Species

Great Barracuda

GREAT BARRACUDA (Sphyraena barracuda) OTHER NAMES: Cuda, Sea Pike, Picuda RANGE: Florida coasts, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. HABITAT: The Barracuda is at home almost anywhere in South Florida and the tropical islandsÐfrom shorelines and bays out to blue water. Although most fish in the shallows are small, it still is possible to connect with […]


SOUTHERN FLOUNDER (Paralichthys lethostigma) : has a laterally compressed body (fish lies on its side rather than on the abdomen) and always looks up. The flounder is capable of changing its color pattern to match the bottom color, ranging from blackish-brown to light- gray or a mottled coloring. The down side is white. RANGE: Occurs […]

Florida Pompano

FLORIDA POMPANO (Trachinotus carolinus) OTHER NAMES: Pompano, Carolina Pompano RANGE: All Florida coasts. HABITAT: Florida anglers on both coasts catch most of their Pompano from the surf, or from ocean piers; however, many are caught outside the beaches and also from bays, mostly in or near channels that run through flats. DESCRIPTION: Silvery overall with […]

Dusky Shark

DUSKY SHARK (Carcharhinus obscurus) OTHER NAMES: Blue Bonito, False Albacore, Little Tuna RANGE: All Florida coasts, present, but not as numerous, in the Bahamas and Caribbean. HABITAT: Primarily coastal, from beaches to deep reefs. DESCRIPTION: Dark gray above, shading to whitish below. Dorsal fin is triangular but not so broad as the Sandbar Shark, to […]

Dolphin a.k.a. Mahi Mahi

DOLPHIN (Coryphaena hippurus) OTHER NAMES: Dorado, Mahi Mahi RANGE: All offshore waters of Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Yellowish to metallic green to green-gold to dark blue with silvery markings. Has an elongated body with flattened sides. Male has high blunt forehead. Dorsal fin is long (runs body length) and tail is forked. HABITAT: […]


COBIA (Rachycentron canadum) OTHER NAMES: Ling, Crab Eater, Lemonfish, Bacalao Brownish in color, darker on top. Long bodied, fairly round with a flatish head. Skin appears smooth with very small scales. RANGE: All Florida coasts; widespread throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean, although seldom plentiful. HABITAT: All the way from shallow inshore waters to the deep […]

Clear Nose Skate

CLEARNOSE SKATE (Raja eglanteria) OTHER NAMES: White Margate, Margate Grunt, Ronco Blanco RANGE: Common throughout Florida. Being coastal, Skates are not prominent in the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands. HABITAT: Soft bottom near shore. DESCRIPTION: Skates are flat like Stingrays, but generally have shorter, fatter tails and lack the dangerous spikes. Several species are taken in […]

Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) OTHER NAMES: Aguja Azul Short, heavy bill, cobolt blue along back shading to silvery white on bottom, with verticalnarrow dark bars along sides. Anal fins are sharply pointed. Dorsal fin does not have spots. RANGE: All deep blue offshore waters of Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. HABITAT: A free-roamer that […]

Blue Fish

BLUEFISH (Pomatomus saltatrix) OTHER NAMES: Blue, Chopper, Anchoa RANGE: All Florida coasts. : Dark greenish-blue on back shading to blueish-silver on sides to white on bottom. It has a deeply forked tail, large mouth with many caninelike teeth. HABITAT: Schools of small Bluefish roam outside beaches, bays and estuaries of both coastsÐmostly summer in the […]

Bluefin Tuna

BLUEFIN TUNA (Thunnus thynnus) OTHER NAMES: Giant Tuna, Horse Mackerel RANGE: Historically, both sides of the Bahamas, plus Gulf of Mexico and, sporadically, the Caribbean. Occasional wayward schools would sweep past Southeast Florida in past years. Now scarce everywhere, a sport-fishery still exists in the Bahamas, primarily around Cat Cay and Bimini, but it is […]