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Bluefish

Pomatomus saltatrix

Other Game Fish Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Bluefish


Common Name(s):
Blue, tailor, chopper, rock salmon
Description:
The upper part of the body is generally blue- green and the lower part is silvery-white. The bluefish has a pointed snout and a large, oblique mouth with a protruding lower jaw.
Similar Fish:
Greater Amberjacks
Feeding Habits:
Bluefish juveniles feed shrimp, small lobsters, crabs and larvae. Adults will feed on smaller schooling fish.
Range:
Bluefish are native to both the American and European-African coasts of the Atlantic Ocean.  
Habitat:
Bluefish inhabit both inshore and offshore areas of coastal regions, with the young fish called "snappers" often frequent estuaries and river mouths.
Typical Size:
The bluefish can grow to a size of almost 3 feet in length and nearly 20 pounds as a mature adult fish.
World Record:
31 pounds, 12 ounces (IGFA)