Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Fish of the Week - Bonefish             bonefish           

Albula vulpes


  • Silvery with bluish or greenish back.
  • Slender, round body.
  • Snout long, conical, aiming downward and overhanging the lower jaw.
  • Dark streaks between scales on upper half of body and faint crossbands extending down to lateral line.
  • Extremities of dorsal and caudal fins shaded with black.

Similar Fish: Ladyfish, Elops saurus.

Size: 3 to 5 pounds.

Habitat: Primarily inshore fish inhabiting shallows of the Florida Keys; found in shallows often less than 1 foot deep, usually over lush grass flats,   occasionally over white sand.

Notes:  Travels in loose schools; roots out shrimp, shellfish, crabs and fish from the bottom. Spawns offshore, eggs hatching into ribbon-like   larvae that metamorphose into fish-like form at about 2 inches and move inshore. 

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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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FWC Facts:
In order to stick to plants, larval spotted gar have suction snouts that later become the long, teeth-filled snout.

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