Diane Rome Peebles
Rodbender Fishing Charters.
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Captain Scott K. Green
4133 Via Piedra Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
WHITE GRUNT - Haemulon plumieri
Family Haemulidae, GRUNTS
Description: body color light bluish-gray, head
with horizontal blue stripes, white
underbelly; black blotch on preopercle;
margin of each scale bronze; large bright
orange mouth; scales above lateral line
larger than scales below lateral line.
Similar fish: other grunts.
Where found: from SHORE to the outer
reef edge or on OFFSHORE hard bottom to 115
feet; most abundant in water less than 80 feet deep;
Size: most catches 1.5 pounds (15 inches).
Remarks: audible grunting is produced by grinding of the pharyngeal teeth, with air bladder acting as amplifier;
spawning occurs on OFFSHORE hard bottoms or reefs from May through June; feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, and