Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Dark line runs from eye to the front of the first dorsal fin. Its back is blue to olive in color fading to silver on the sides. Often have an amber stripe or amber or pinkish cast on the sides. No scutes.
Size: Common to 40 pounds
Age at Maturity: Around 4-5 years
Range: Florida to Cape Hatteras, but can be found as far north as Cape Cod or down to Bermuda.
Habitat: Found in deep or shallow waters around wrecks or reefs.
Bait and Tackle: Heavy rod and reel with 50-pound test or more. More experienced anglers can often bring them in with spinning, baitcasting or fly gear. Live, feisty bait works best but surface plugs, spoons, jigs, or big flyrod streamers and poppers also work.
Fishing Method: Trolling, drifting, casting
Food Value: Excellent, smoked or fresh
Daily Limit: 1
Minimum size: 28″ FL