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
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.
Bait and Tackle: Not a targeted fish, usually caught by bottom fishing with cut baits
Fishing Method: Still fishing
Food Value: None