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Gulf Kingfish:

Appearance:

  • Gulf Kingfish have an inferior mouth with a single barbel on the chin
  • Side silvery, without dark marks
  • Tip of spinous dorsal fin and caudal fin often dusky
  • Scales on chest noticeably smaller than those on side

Habitat:

Near shore, generally in the surf, also in shallow coastal waters with a muddy-sand bottom as well as high salinity bays and estuaries along the coast.  

Behavior:

Thought to prefer high wave action areas such as sand bars where the crashing waves dislodge and suspend small crabs and other small crustaceans. 

Additional Information

Fishing Tips and Facts: Longevity is 4 to 6 years. Sizes up to 18 inches and 2.5 pounds. Prey mostly on benthic invertebrates, such as shrimp and small crabs.

Also commonly known as whiting

Other similar species include the Southern Kingfish and Northern Kingfish

 


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