Weakfish: Cynoscion regalis
dark olive or blue-green back; sides covered in tones of blue,
purple, lavender, gold and copper; irregular diagonal rows of
vaguely-defined dark spots appear above the lateral line; 1 to 2
prominent canine teeth usually present at tip of upper jaw; black
margin on tip of the tongue; pelvic and anal fins yellow; pectoral
fins olive on outside, yellow underneath; mouth yellow inside.
an Atlantic coast fish, possibly found in the extreme southeastern
Gulf; adults move INSHORE and north during warm months inhabiting
the surf, inlets, bays, channels and estuaries; adults move
OFFSHORE and south during cold months; juveniles inhabit estuaries
which serve as nurseries.
may mature as early as age 1; spawns in NEARSHORE or estuarine
areas between April and October; schooling fish; feeds primarily on
shrimp and fish.
10 lb, caught near Port Canaveral
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