Saltwater Fishing

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Fish of the Week - Gulf Flounder Gulf Flounder      

Paralichthys albigutta


  • Body color brown, its shade depending on color of bottom, with numerous spots and blotches.
  • 3 prominent eye-like spots forming a triangle.
  • One spot on lateral line, one above, one below.
  • Numerous white spots scattered over body and fins.
  • Strong canine-like teeth.
  • Caudal fin in shape of wedge, its tip in the middle.

Similar Fish: Southern flounder, P. lethostigma (no eye-like spots). 

Size: Common to 2 pounds, generally smaller than southern flounder.

Habitat: Inshore on sandy or mud bottoms, often ranging into tidal creeks; occasionally caught on nearshore rocky reefs.

Notes: Hatches into usual fish form, but right eye migrates over to left side early in life; a bottom dweller; thought to spawn offshore; feeds on   crustaceans and small fishes.

Art © Diane Rome Peebles

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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