Leiostomus xanthurus

Life History

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Has a forked tail and dark spot directly behind the gill cover. Yellow-brown on top with white underbelly and darker wavy lines on dorsal surface.

Size:Can get up to 15 inches (TL), seldom more than one pound.

Range:From South Florida to southern New England.

Habitat:Close to shore in surf, bays, or estuaries along sandy or muddy bottoms.

Angling Information

Bait and Tackle:Can be easily taken on most kinds of rod and reel with light tackle. Bait such as shrimp, squid, cut fish, and marine worms or even meat table scraps work well.

Food Value:Excellent pan fish

State Regulation

Daily Limit: 25

Minimum size: No Minimum Size

Federal Regulation

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