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Atlantic Croaker: Micropogonias undulatus

Appearance:

  • Body is silvery-gray or bronze, iridescent on head
  • Indistinct wavy bars or lines on upper sides
  • Strongly serrated preopercle (bone on cheek)
  • Small barbels on lower jaw

Similar Species: Spot, L. xanthurus (caudal fin is forked and preopercle is smooth)

Size: Up to 20 inches (4 pounds)

Habitat:

Generally found north of Tampa Bay on the west coast and north of Cape Canaveral on the east coast. Young 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.

Behavior:

Become bronze or yellow in color during spawning. Spawning occurs offshore in fall. Feeds on fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 4 lbs 15 oz, caught near St. Lucie

Fishing Tips and Facts: Longevity is 2 to 4 years.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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