BLUEFISH Family Poinatoinidae, BLUEFISHES Pomatomus saltatrix
Description: color blue or greenish blue on back, sides silvery; mouth large; teeth prominent, sharp, and compressed; dorsal and anal tins nearly the same size; scales small; lateral fine almost straight.
Similar Fish: blue runner, C. crysos.
Where found: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.
Size: most west coast catches under 3 pounds, much larger on east coast.
Remarks: travels in large schools, following schools of baitfish; cannibalistic; all members of a given school about the same size; spawning occurs OFFSHORE in spring and summer.