Saltwater Fishing

 Welcome to Florida's Saltwater Fishing! 

Fish of the Week - Gulf Kingfish Gulf Kingfish

Menticirrhus littoralis


  • Similar to the Southern Kingfish but caudal fin has a blackish tip.
  • Side silvery, without dark marks.
  • Tip of spinous dorsal fin often dusky.
  • Lining of gill cavity silvery.
  • Scales on chest noticeably smaller than those on side. 

Size: To 18 inches.

Habitat: At water’s edge, in surf.

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From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.

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Gone Coastal: A column on marine fisheries



2015 January Saltwater Regulations

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FWC Facts:
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