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BLUEFISH - Pomatomus SAITATIJ

Family Pomatomidae, BLUEFISHES

Color blue or greenish blue on back, sides silvery; mouth large; teeth prominent, sharp, and compressed; dorsal and anal fins nearly the same size; scales small; lateral line almost straight.

Similar fish: Blue Runner, C. Crysos.

Where found: Young usually INSHORE spring and summer, moving OFFSHORE to join adults fall and winter; strong migration of northeast Atlantic stock to Florida east coast in winter.

Size: Most west coast catches under 3 pounds, much larger on east coast.

Remarks: Travels in large schools, following schools of baitfish; cannibalistic; all members of a given school about the same size; spawning occurs OFFSHORE in spring and summer.

Florida record: 22 lbs., 3 ozs.