Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing!
Fish of the Week - Weakfish
- Dark olive or blue-green back
- Sides covered in tones of blue, purple, lavender, gold and copper
- Irregular diagonal rows of dark spots above the lateral line
- One to two prominent canine teeth usually present at tip of upper jaw
- Pelvic and anal fins yellow
- Pectoral fins olive on outside, yellow underneath
Similar Fish: Other seatrouts
Size: To 6 pounds
Habitat: An Atlantic coast fish, possibly found in the extreme southeastern Gulf. Adults move inshore and north during warm months inhabiting surf, inlets, bays, channels and estuaries. Adults move offshore and south during cold months. Juveniles inhabit estuaries, which serve as nurseries.
Notes: May mature as early as one year. Spawns nearshore or in estuaries between April and October. Schooling fish, feeds primarily on shrimp and other fish.
Art by Diane Rome Peebles
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