Saltwater Fishing

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Alectis ciliaris


  • Body is deep and compressed.
  • Coloration is metalic-blue above, silvery below.
  • Snout is blunt.
  • Dorsal and anal fins with no more than one finlet apiece.
  • Second dorsal and anal fins are falcate (sickle shaped). 
  • Body becomes relatively longer with age.

Size: To 40 pounds (42 inches). 

Habitat: Young are found in the open ocean. Adults are found to depths of 180 feet often associated with reefs, wrecks and rock ledges.

Notes: Great fighter and good to eat; often found in schools over structure.

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