Territory: Inshore, near shore and offshore, especially over reefs; absent from north Florida waters in winter.
Size: Average catch less than 2 pounds (20 inches).
*Florida Record: 12 lbs.
Remarks: Schooling fish that migrates northward in spring, returning to southerly waters when water temperature drops below 70 degrees F; spawns OFFSHORE, spring through summer; feeds on small fish and squid.
Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles