Banded Rudderfish: Seriola zonata


  • Adults are bluish, greenish or brown and lack dark vertical bands
  • Anal fin is half the length of the second dorsal fin
  • Tail has white tips
  • Slender body
  • Juveniles have six dark bars on body and dark stripe from eye to first dorsal fin

Similar Species: Other jack species

Size: Usually under 24 inches (10 pounds) 


Nearshore and offshore over hard bottom, generally in shallower water than other amberjacks. Young associated with weed lines or floating debris and may follow sharks and other large fish.


Adults feed on fish and shrimp.  Spawning occurs offshore most of year.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations

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