Southern Kingfish

Southern Kingfish

Menticirrhus americanus

Life History:

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Large head in proportion to its body and has barbels on chin. It has a flat belly and yellowish color on top with silvery sides. Also has darker indistinct blotches along its sides.

Size: Maximum length of around 20 inches (TL). Usually less than a pound, can be up to 2 pounds.

Range: From New England to South Florida

Habitat: Areas with a sandy bottom, found in the surf, juveniles found in estuaries with brackish or very low salinity waters.

Angling Information:

Fishing Method: Small crabs, sand fleas, shrimp or squid all work well as do jigs or flies.

Food Value: Good meat but bland

State Regulation:

Daily Limit: No Limit

Minimum size: No Minimum Size

Federal Regulation:

No Federal Regulation