Atlantic Spadefish

Atlantic Spadefish

Chaetodipterus faber

Life History

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Deep-bodied, compressed disk-shaped fish with a blunt snout. Adults are silver gray with three to six prominent black vertical bars along the sides. The first bar passes through the eye, and the last is on the caudal peduncle. They can be distinguished from angelfish by the existence of two dorsal fins instead of one.

Size: Average 2-3 pounds

Range: Cape Cod to South Florida, also to Bermuda

Habitat: Lives around a variety of structures such as mangroves and wrecks.

Angling Information

Bait and Tackle: Spinning and plug casting tackle with shrimp or cut fish. Picky eaters

Fishing Method: Still fishing

Food Value: Good

State Regulation

Daily Limit: Federal Regulations apply

Minimum size: Federal Regulations apply

Season: Federal Regulations apply

Federal Regulation

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