Northern Puffer

Northern Puffer

Sphoeroides maculates

Life History:

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Upper side gray or brown with poorly defined black spots and saddles. Belly yellow to white and rough when inflated. Tiny jet-black pepper spots scattered over most of pigmented surface, particularly evident on cheeks. Lower sides with a row of black, elongate, bar-like markings. The small mouth is equipped with large, clipping teeth.

Size: Around 8-10 inches

Age at Maturity:

Range: Newfoundland to North Florida

Habitat: Usually prefer calm and protected water.

Angling Information:

Bait and Tackle: Will go for any natural bait and will often ruin artificial lures.

Fishing Method: Casting, drifting, still fishing

Food Value: Meat is good but skin and entrails are poisonous and can lead to death