Jolthead Porgy: Calamus bajonado


  • Generally silvery to brassy, with a bluish cast
  • Front of the head is brown, with a blue line along lower rim of eye; a whitish stripe below eye, and another between the eye and mouth
  • Corner of mouth is orange


Jolthead porgy are found in coastal waters to 45 m (150 ft.).  They range from Rhode Island to Bermuda, and from the northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.


State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Regarded as a good fish, but may cause ciguatera.

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