Gulf Coast Fish Pictures

Picture of fish species that are typically caught in the Destin, Florida...Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay area. Pictures provided by Division of Marine Fisheries. Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles.

Almaco Jack Almaco Jack

Wide-ranging in OFFSHORE waters, not a common catch; young are associated with Sargassum. Usually less than 20 pounds.

Banded Rudderfish

Banded Rudderfish

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. Usually less than 10 pounds.

Greater Amberjack

Greater Amberjack

OFFSHORE species associated with rocky reefs, debris, and wrecks, typically in 60 - 240 feet of water; sometimes caught NEARSHORE in south Florida; juveniles associated with floating objects and may occur in water less than 30 feet deep. Common to 40 pounds.

Crevalle Jack

Crevalle Jack

Common in both INSHORE waters and the open sea. Usually 3 to 5 pounds.

Gray (Mangrove) Snapper

Gray (Mangrove) Snapper

Vermilllion Snapper

Vermilllion Snapper

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish

Sheepshead

Sheepshead

INSHORE species around oyster bars, seawalls and in tidal creeks; moves NEARSHORE in late winter and early spring for spawning, gathering over debris, artificial reefs and around navigation markers. Size: INSHORE, 1 to 2 pounds; OFFSHORE, common to 8 pounds.

Red Drum (redfish)

Red Drum (redfish)

Juveniles are an INSHORE fish, migrating out of the estuaries at about 30 inches (4 years) and joining the spawning population OFFSHORE. One of 27 inches weighs about 8 pounds.

Red Snapper

Red Snapper

Common in both INSHORE waters and the open sea. Usually 3 to 5 pounds.

Black Drum

Black Drum

INSHORE fish common to bays and lagoons; bottom dweller often found around oyster beds; also OFFSHORE. Common to 30 pounds.

Gag Grouper

Gag Grouper

Adults OFFSHORE over rocks and reefs; juveniles occur in seagrass beds INSHORE. Common to 25 pounds.

Red Grouper

Red Grouper

Bottom dwelling fish associated with hard bottom; juveniles OFFSHORE along with adults greater than 6 years old; fish from 1 to 6 years occupy NEARSHORE reefs. Common to 15 pounds.

Scamp

Scamp

NEARSHORE reefs off the northeastern coast, and on OFFSHORE reefs in the Gulf. Generally smaller than gags or blacks.

Black Seabass

Black Seabass

Structure-loving fish, associated with reefs and rubble OFFSHORE; smaller specimens often found INSHORE finger channels. Common to 1.5 pounds (13 inches).

Sand Perch

Sand Perch

Bank (rock) Seabass

Bank (rock) Seabass

OFFSHORE in deep water with rocks and reefs. Usually 0.3 pound (8 inches).

Cobia

Cobia

Both INSHORE and NEARSHORE inhabiting inlets, bays, and among mangroves; frequently seen around bayou, pilings, and wrecks. Common to 30 pounds.

Tripletail

Tripletail

King Mackerel

King Mackerel

NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE, occasionally taken from piers running into deep water. Common to 20 pounds.

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

INSHORE, NEARSHORE and OFFSHORE, especially over grass beds and reefs; absent from north Florida waters in winter. Average catch less than 2 pounds (20 inches).

Tarpon

Tarpon

Florida Pompano

Florida Pompano

INSHORE and NEARSHORE waters, especially along sandy beaches, along oyster banks, and over grassbeds, often in turbid water; may be found in water as deep as 130 feet. Usually less than 3 pounds.

Permit

Permit

OFFSHORE on wrecks and debris, INSHORE on grass flats, sand flats, and in channels; most abundant in south Florida, with smaller specimens from every coastal county. Common to 25 pounds.

Gulf Flounder

Gulf Flounder

INSHORE on sandy or mud bottoms, often ranging into tidal creeks; occasionally caught on NEARSHORE rocky reefs. Common to 2 pounds, generally smaller than southern flounder.

Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Seatrout

INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and sandy bottoms; move into slow-moving or still, deep waters in cold weather. Common to 4 pounds on west coast, larger on east coast.

Sand Seatrout

Sand Seatrout

Gulf species that may occur in the Atlantic waters of extreme south-eastern Florida; adults predominantly found INSHORE residing in bays and inlets but may move OFFSHORE during winter months; young occur INSHORE in shallow bays. Less than 1 pound (10 to 12 inches).

Ladyfish

Ladyfish

Bluefish

Bluefish

Young usually INSHORE spring and summer, moving OFFSHORE to join adults fall and winter; strong migration of northeast Atlantic stock to Florida east coast in winter. Most west coast catches under 3 pounds, much larger on east coast.

Tomtate

Tomtate

Red Porgy

Red Porgy

Found: deeper part of continental shelf, but young occur in water as shallow as 18 m (60ft.). Size: to 91 cm(3 ft.)

Jolthead Porgy

Jolthead Porgy

Coastal waters to 45 m (150 ft.)., R.I., Bermuda, and n. Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. Size: To 60 cm (2 ft.) and 3.6 kg (8 lbs.)

Knobbed Porgy

Knobbed Porgy

OFFSHORE on wrecks and debris, INSHORE on grass flats, sand flats, and in channels; most abundant in south Florida, with smaller specimens from every coastal county. Common to 25 pounds.

Sailfish

Sailfish

Dolphin (male)

Dolphin (male)

OFFSHORE in warm waters. Common to 30 pounds.

Wahoo

Wahoo

Little Tunny

Little Tunny

Blackfin Tuna

Blackfin Tuna

Great Barracuda

Great Barracuda

Shortfin Mako Shark

Shortfin Mako Shark

OFFSHORE fish often seen near the surface. Commonly 6 to 8 feet (200 to 300 pounds).

Sandbar Shark

Sandbar Shark

NEARSHORE fish typically found at depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet. Common to 6 feet.

Blacktip Shark

Blacktip Shark

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Both OFFSHORE and INSHORE. Common to 6 feet and can reach 14 feet.

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