Fish found in Florida and the Keys



Kinds of Fish

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Goliath Grouper

Size: Often to 100 lbs. Known to exceed 800 lbs. Range: Reef, Wrecks, Bay/Gulf Food Quality: Must release all fish Size & Bag Limits: illegal to possess, keep or land

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Grey Tigger Fish

Size: they average 1-3 pounds, but larger fish are not rare. Food Value: excellent, but they are hard to clean.

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Grunt

OTHER NAMES: Grunt, Orange Grunt, Piggy RANGE: All Florida coasts and the Bahamas. DESCRIPTION: Light brown or gray, with numerous small orange and blue markings and a small mouth. SIZE: Common between 3 and 6 inches; may reach 10 or 12 inches. FOOD VALUE: Larger ones make tasty panfish.

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Hog Fish

Hogfish is a recreational important species. It is a commonly targeted species for many spear and reef fisherman and is regarded highly by many for its taste and food value.

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HoundFish

This fish has a thin and long body with narrow and pointed jaw. An adult fish can be around 5 feet in length and weigh around 10 pounds. The color of the sides is silver and the backside has green and blue shades. The underside is generally white. Houndfish do not have spines, instead it has soft rays. They have 20 - 25 soft rays in its dorsal fin and 19 - 22 soft rays in the anal fin.

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King Mackerel

Size: Often to 30 lbs. Known to exceed 90 lbs. Range: Offshore, Reef, Wrecks, Bay/Gulf Food Quality: Average Size & Bag Limits: 24 (fork) 2 per angler per day (reduced to 1 when federal waters are closed)

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Lemon Shark

This species has 2 dorsal fins of similar size; the first is positioned far back on the body behind the pectoral fins, the second dorsal is located slightly forward of the origin of the anal fin. There is no interdorsal ridge. The pelvic fin has slightly concave rear margins and the outer margin of the pectoral fin is slightly convex. Both pelvic and pectoral fins are slightly curved (falcate). This shark has a blunt, short snout.

Kinds of Fish

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Cobia

Size: Often to 30 lbs. Known to exceed 100 lbs. Range: Reef, Wrecks, Bay/Gulf Food Quality: Very Good Size & Bag Limits: 33 (fork) 1 per angler or 6 per vessel

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Permit

Size: Often to 25 lbs. Known to exceed 50 lbs. Range: Offshore, Wrecks, Inshore/Flats, Backcountry Food Quality: Good Size & Bag Limits: 11-20 (fork) 6 per angler per day (may keep 1 fish over 20)

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Queen Trigger Fish

The Queen Triggerfish comes from the reefs of the Caribbean Ocean, and is a very striking fish that will add a new dimension of color and shape to the large marine fish only aquarium. They are triangularly shaped, and are mostly yellow and green, with an interesting pattern of lines circling their eyes. Their fins are blue to purple in color and the tail is forked.

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Rainbow Runner

The Rainbow Runner is similar in coloration to and might be confused with the Rainbow Sea Chub, Sectator ocyurus, which is far less "aerodynamic," or the Chihuil or Jack Mackerel, Trachurus symmetricus, which has similar, somewhat similar "aerodynamics" but does not have the blue stripes.

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Red Grouper

Size: Often to 15 lbs. Known to exceed 39 lbs. Range: Offshore, Reef, Wrecks, Bay/Gulf Food Quality: Good Size & Bag Limits: 20 (total length) 5 per angler Atlantic, 2 per angler Gulf (included in 5 grouper aggregate bag limit)

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Sail Fish

Size: Often to 70 lbs. Known to exceed 116 lbs. lbs.Range: Offshore, Reef Food Quality: Most fish are released Size & Bag Limits: 63 (lower jaw fork) 1 per angler per day (HMS permit required)

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Scorpion Fish

Of all the scorpion fish available, the Rhinopias variety are some of the most desirable. Known to be very rare and expensive we never know what may come in. With different colors always becoming available The scorpian fish makes for a very interesting marine aquarium

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