Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Fish of the Week - Atlantic Thread Herring      Atlantic Thread Herring     

Opisthonema oglinum


  • Back dark blue/gray
  • Sides silvery
  • Belly white
  • Small head

Other Names: Gizzard Shad

Size: Up to 16”

Habitat: In salt water from Cape Cod to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico.

Notes: Has scales on ridge of back before dorsal fin.

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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Visit External Website for more on Florida saltwater fishing including fishing hotspots and reports, or click on one of the links below. 

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