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Banded Rudderfish: Seriola zonata

Appearance:

  • Adults are bluish, greenish or brown and lack dark vertical bands
  • Anal fin is half the length of the second dorsal fin
  • Tail has white tips
  • Slender body
  • Juveniles have six dark bars on body and dark stripe from eye to first dorsal fin

Similar Species: Other jack species

Size: Usually under 24 inches (10 pounds) 

Habitat:

Nearshore and offshore over hard bottom, generally in shallower water than other amberjacks. Young associated with weed lines or floating debris and may follow sharks and other large fish.

Behavior:

Adults feed on fish and shrimp.  Spawning occurs offshore most of year.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Biologists estimate 10,000-14,000 sturgeon live in the Suwannee River. Adult populations in other Gulf Coast rivers range from a few hundred to about 2,000.

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