Gafftopsail Catfish

Saltwater_gafftopsail _catfish

Gafftopsail Catfish: Bagre marinus

Appearance:

  • bluish above
  • silvery below
  • dorsal and pectoral fins with long, fleshy filaments on spines
  • barbel at corner of mouth flattened, bandlike, and very elongated, somtimes reaching anal fin
  • only 2 barbels on chin

Habitat:

Continental waters; enters brackish waters; usually less common than the Hardhead Catfish

Behavior:

State Record:

8 lb, 14 oz

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