Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Fish of the Week -  Leatherjacket Leatherjacket        

Oligoplites saurus


  • Body silvery, bluish above.
  • Fins yellow.
  • Rear parts of dorsal and anal fins consist of a series of finlets.
  • Spinous dorsal fin has 5 well-developed, unconnected spines.
  • Lateral line nearly straight.
  • Scales tiny, embedded.
  • Skin appears smooth.

Size: To 12 inches.

Habitat: Enters bays and estuaries, often in turbid water.

Art by Diane Rome Peebles

From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.

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Gone Coastal: A column on marine fisheries



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