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Gafftopsail Catfish

Bagre marinus


gaff top sail catfish

Bluish-green back, fading to a silver-white belly
Three prominent, sharp spines (one at beginning of dorsal fin and one on each pectoral fin)
The three prominent spines have elongated, fleshy filaments
Two barbels on chin
Barbels at corner of mouth are flattened and very elongated
Similar Species: Hardhead catfish, A. felis (has four chin barbels and spines lack filaments)

Size: Up to 27 inches (10 pounds)


Coastal waters; may enter brackish waters


A good food-fish that is usually less common than the hardhead catfish

Additional Information

State Record: 8 lb, 14 oz

Recreational Regulations



Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles