Fish ID >>Backcountry Bait 

blue-runner

Blue Runner

Caranx crysos

Description: Color light olive to bluish green above, silvery gray to golden below; frequently black spot on operculum; readily distinguished from crevalle jack by lack of a dark blotch on the pectoral fin; tail tips blackish.

Similar Fish: Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix; other Caranx.

Where Found: Juveniles found offshore; adult nearshore in schools, but sometimes ranging inshore as well.

Size: Usually less than 1 pound (11 inches).

Remarks: Matures by 9 to 10 inches; spawns offshore from January through August; young form schools associated with floating objects, and have been observed living inside the bell of jellyfish; adults feed on fish, shrimp, and squid.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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