Oyster Toadfish

Oyster Toadfish

Opsanus tau

Life History:


Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Has a wide head, large mouth, “warty looking” skin. Spiny dorsal fins can administer a painful puncture. Sharp gill covers and strong jaws give further reason to handle with care.

Size: Less than a foot long

Age at Maturity:

Range: New England to Florida

Habitat: Rocky areas, usually in shallow waters. They like to hide in underwater debris, especially cans or other such hollow structures.

Angling Information:


Bait and Tackle: Not a targeted fish, usually caught by bottom fishing with cut baits

Fishing Method: Still fishing

Food Value: None