Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Large black patch on caudal peduncle. More round than the pinfish in overall shape. Color is brown above shading to silvery below. Has a very dark lateral line.
Size: Usually around a pound and 6-8 inches
Age at Maturity:
Range: Florida to New Jersey
Habitat: Inhabits shallow coastal waters, including bays and harbors. Occurs in inshore seagrass beds. Prefers flat vegetated bottoms. Rarely found in brackish water.
Bait and Tackle: Light spinning tackle with cut shrimp, squid, or fish
Fishing Method: Still fishing, drifting
Food Value: Fairly good but a lot of bones