Atlantic Croaker: Micropogonias undulatus
- Atlantic Croaker have an inferior mouth with 3 to 5 pairs of
small barbels on the chin
- They have a silver-gray or bronze body with dark oblique wavy
bars or lines and are iridescent, especially on their head
- The preopercle is strongly serrated
These fish are generally found north of Tampa Bay on the west
coast and north of Cape Canaveral on the east coast. Young
fish found in estuaries and older fish (2 to 3 years) inhabit deep
offshore waters during the winter months and move into bays and
estuaries during the spring, summer and fall.
During spawning, Atlantick croakers become bronze or yellow in
color. Spawning apparently occurs offshore in fall.
4 lbs 15 oz, caught near St. Lucie
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Longevity is 2 to 4 years.
Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles