September 29, 2010
Description: long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw; dark lateral stripe extends through eye to tail; first dorsal fin comprised of 7 to 9 free spines; when young, has conspicuous alternating black and white horizontal stripes.
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Where found: both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around bouys, pilings, and wrecks.
Size: common to 30 pounds.
Florida Record: 103 lbs., 12 ozs.
Remarks: spawns in spring and early summer; feeds on crabs, squid, and small fish.
How to catch: 8-12wt fly rods, sinking or floating fly lines, 6-15â€™ leader with 15-30# testÂ flies with medium strength hooks in sizes #2 -2/0
Flies to use: Deceiver, Popper, Sea Ducer
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