Blue Runner: Caranx crysos


  • Color light-olive to bluish-green on back, with a silver-gray to golden belly
  • Usually have black spot on gill cover
  • Scutes (bone-like projections) present on sides, in front of tail
  • Tail tips black in color

Similar Species: Bluefish, P. saltatrix; crevalle jack, C. hippos (lacks scutes); and other jack species 

Size: Up to 20 inches (4 pounds); and common under 1 pound 


Juveniles found offshore. Adults found inshore and nearshore.


Mature at 9 to 10 inches.

Spawn offshore January through August.

Young form schools near floating objects or structure.

Adults feed on fish, shrimp and squid.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 8 lb 5 oz, caught near Pensacola

Recreational Regulations

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