On this page you will see references to the most common fish that you will catch in the waters around North Captiva. The information is derived from The Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission. For a more exhaustive list of fish.
[Redfish] [Black Grouper] [Red Grouper] [Crevalle Jack] [Spanish Mackerel] [Sheepshead] [Scalloped Hammerhead] [Red Snapper] [Common Snook] [Ladyfish] [Tarpon]
Family Scombridae, MACKERELS and TUNAS
Illustrations and Copyright by Diane Rome Peebles
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Description: color of back green, shading to silver on sides, golden yellow irregular spots above and below lateral line; front of dorsal fin black; lateral line curves gently to base of tail.
Similar Fish: cero, S. regalis; king mackerel, S. cavalla.
Where found: INSHORE, NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE, especially over grass beds and reefs; absent from north Florida waters in winter.
Size: average catch less than 2 pounds (20 inches).
*Florida Record: 12 lbs.
Remarks: schooling fish that migrates northward in spring, returning to southerly waters when water temperature drops below 70 degrees F; spawns OFFSHORE, spring through summer; feeds on small fish and squid.