Jolthead Porgy: Calamus bajonado


  • Body is silvery to brassy in color, with a bluish tint
  • Front of head is brown
  • Head rounded, not projecting
  • Blue line present below each eye
  • Corner of mouth is orange

Similar Species: Red porgy, P. pagrus (has round rear nostrils); other porgy species 

Size: Up to 24 inches 


Coastal waters to 45 m (150 ft.).  They range from Rhode Island to Bermuda, and from the northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.


Feed mainly on invertebrates.


Additional Information

State Record:External Website  This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Regarded as a good fish, but may cause ciguatera.

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
Vessel operators must make a reasonable effort to stay at least 300 feet from divers-down flags on open waters.

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