last ray of dorsal fin extended into long filament; one
dorsal fin; back dark blue to green or greenish black,
shading into bright silver on the sides; may be brownish
gold in estuarien waters; huge scales; mouth large and
(as juveniles) ladyfish, Elops saurus.
primarily INSHORE fish, although adult fish spawn OFFSHORE
where the ribbon-like larval stage of the fish can be found.
angler catch's 40 to 50 pounds.
Record: 243 lbs.
slow grower; matures at 7 to 13 years of age; spawning
occurs between May and September; female may lay more than
12 million eggs; can tolerate wide range of salinity;
juveniles commonly found in fresh water; can breathe air at
surface; feeds mainly on fish and large crustaceans.
Florida records quoted are from the Department of
Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing
Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The
records are provided as only as a benchmark.
Daily Rec. Bag
Limit: 2 fish
Requires $50 Tarpon tag
to possess or harvest.