Anna Maria Island Fish
There are over 15,000 species of marine wildlife living in the Gulf of Mexico. Here are a few of the popular fish in the area:
GREATER AMBERJACK: (Seriola dumerili)
With an average size of 30-60 pounds, Amberjacks can be found all along the Gulf Coast. They gather at wrecks and reefs of various depths that range from fairly shallow to hundreds of feet deep.
GULF FLOUNDER: (Paralichthys albigutta)
Most flounder average in weight from 1 to 3 pounds. They are known for patiently waiting for something to eat and then ambushing the prey when it arrives. The flounder will bury itself under the sand as a means of camouflage.
CREVALLE JACK: (Caranx hippos)
These fish are usually found near major inlets, offshore wrecks, or offshore reefs. They have been described as coastal pack wolves and range in weight from 10-12 pounds.
COBIA: (Rachycentron canadum)
Cobia can range in weight from 20 up to 100 pounds or more. They enjoy hiding in the shade. You can often find them under boats, under buoys, and even floating debris. Cobia are known for looking like sharks in the water
BLACK GROUPER: (Mycteroperca bonaci)
50 to 100 pounds is a normal size for these fish. They love to gather around the edges of reefs.
RED SNAPPER: (Lutjanus campechanus)
This fish can weigh from 5 pounds up to 50 pounds. Younger fish stay closer to shore while the older fish prefer deeper water offshore. They gather around reefs, wrecks, and oil rigs.
RED DRUM: (Sciaenops ocellatus)
These fish range from 1 pound to 30 pounds and enjoy swimming along shell bars and grassy shorelines. They also make their way up coastal rivers and creeks year round.
SPANISH MACKEREL: (Scomberomorus maculatus)
These fish can weigh from 1 to 7 pounds and love to gather in large schools. They can be found close to shore and often times in deeper water.
SPOTTED SEATROUT: (Cynoscion nebulosus)
Spotted Seatrout usually weigh between 1 and 3 pounds. They are found in shallow water through spring and fall and reach the deeper water during the winter. They gather in the bays, jetties, and the surf. They are known to run up coastal rivers during a cold front.
BLUEFISH: (Pomatomus saltatrix)
Most Bluefish weigh between 1 and 3 pounds off the coast of Florida and enjoy swimming in shallow grass beds
SHEEPSHEAD: (Archosargus probatocephalus)
These fish normally weigh less than 4 pounds and love to gather around docks and bridge pilings. They particularly enjoy any structure that has barnacles and is home to crabs.