BLUEFISH - Pomatomus saltatrix
Family Pomatomidae, BLUEFISHES
Description: color blue or greenish blue on
back, sides silvery; mouth large; teeth
prominent, sharp, and compressed; dorsal
and anal fins nearly the same size; scales
small; lateral line almost straight.
Similar fish: blue runner, C. crysos.
Where found: young usually INSHORE
spring and summer, moving OFFSHORE
to join adults fall and winter; strong migration of northeast Atlantic stock to Florida east coast in
winter.
Size: most west coast catches under 3 pounds, much larger on east coast.
Remarks: travels in large schools, following schools of baitfish; cannibalistic; all members of a given
school
about the same size; spawning occurs OFFSHORE in spring and summer.
Florida record: 22 lbs., 3 ozs.
Illustrations by:
Diane Rome Peebles
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