Description: long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes
Similar Fish: remora, Echeneis naucrates
Where found: both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around bouys, pilings, and wrecks
Size: common to 30 lbs.
*Florida Record: 103 lbs, 12 ozs.
Remarks: spawns in spring and early summer; feeds on
crabs, squid, and small fish
* The Florida records quoted are from the Department of Environmental
Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not necessarily
the most current ones. The records are provided as only as a benchmark.