Scamp: Mycteroperca phenax


  • Color light gray or brown
  • Large adults with elongated caudal-fin rays
  • Reddish brown spots are on sides that tend to be grouped into lines
  • Some yellow around the corners of the mouth


Scamp are found around nearshore reefs off the northeastern coast, and on around offshore reefs in the Gulf.


These fish spawn in the late spring.  Scamp feed on small fish, squid, and crustaceans.  Young undergo a sex transformation from female to male as they becomes older.

State Record:

28 lb 6 oz, caught near Mayport

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Additional Information:

Scamp are similar in appearance to yellowmouth grouper, M. interstitialis.

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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