Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Long and slender with vivid blue or black “zebra” stripes, and a narrow, elongated mouth with razor-sharp teeth. No gill rakers are present.
Size: Mostly around 20-50 pounds
Age at Maturity: Both sexes are capable of reproducing during the first year of life, with males maturing at 34 inches and females at 40 inches.
Range: New York to Florida and also Bermuda
Habitat: Deep blue water, especially around rips, weedlines, seamounts and other favorable feeding locations.
Bait and Tackle: Light to medium ocean trolling outfits are recommended, although they can be caught on heavier gear. 30-pound test makes for good sport. The best lures are weighted feathers in combination with a baitfish or other cut bait.
Fishing Method: Drifting, trolling
Food Value: White meat but often dry, good smoked
Daily Limit: Federal Regulations Apply