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N°1 | The Mutton Snapper

The Mutton Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. They have an average length of 50 cm for an average weight of 4.5 kg. They have a lifespan of 14 years old. They spawn in February or in the summer according to the location. The best time to catch them is from May to August. This snapper is a relatively deep fish, with an almost lunar tail. It has a moderately bi-lobed dorsal fin and a very sharp anal fin. The pectoral fin of this snapper is long and is located just after the anal origin. Sheep snappers are very colorful: olive green on the back and on the upper sides, with a red tinge on the lower and lower sides. There is a distinct black spot on the upper back and blue stripes on the cheek area under the eye. There are two phases of color, which is prohibited when the fish is at rest and the solid color when the fish is swimming. The anal fin is sharp and there is a little black spot below the dorsal fin.

Fishing period : May to August

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Silk Snapper

The Silk Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. It can reach a maximum of 83 cm in length and 8.3 kg in weight. They can live up to 30 years. The spawning season can last all year round. The fishing season for silk snapper is from late spring to summer. Silk snappers have an elongated compressed bodies. They are generally red to pinkish red and lighter on the belly. Some fish have thin undulating yellow lines on their sides. A key to identification is the iris of their eyes, which is bright yellow. Their fins are reddish, with yellow reflections on the anal and dorsal fins. Their caudal fin has a dark border and their pectoral fins reach the anus and are pale yellow. Juveniles have black or dark red spots on their upper sides, just below the front edge of their dorsal fin. They have a large mouth equipped with one or more rows of pointed conical teeth on both jaws. Their canines are much larger on the upper jaw. They have an anchor-shaped tooth patch, with a rear extension, on the roof of their mouth and a pair of dental patches on the sides of the roof of their mouth. They have sawtooth caps. Their anal fins have pointed tips, 3 spines and 7 or 8 rays; their caudal fin is lunar; their dorsal fin is continuous with 10 or 11 spines and 13 or 14 rays. They have 16 or 17 lower branches. Their bodies are covered with rough scales and the rows of ladders on their backs are oblique above the lateral line.

Fishing period : late spring till summer

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Sailfish

The Sailfish belongs to the Istiophoridae family. The maximum size of the sailfish is 340 cm in total length and about 100 kg. The average life span of 4 years. Spawning usually takes place in summer. It can be fished all year round. The upper jaw is modified into a long beak with a circular cross-section. The upper jaw is about twice the length of the lower jaw. Two dorsal and anal fins are present. The first dorsal fin is large, much higher than the width of the body. This large fin extends almost the entire length of the body, the longest radius being the 20th. The first anal fin is very far from the body. The second dorsal and anal fins are approximately similar in size and shape. Both are short and concave. The pectoral and pelvic fins are long. Pelvic fins are almost twice as long and almost reach the origin of the first anal fin. Pelvic fins have a spinal column and several fused soft rays. A pair of grooves extend along the ventral surface of the body into which the pelvic fins can be inserted. The caudal peduncle has double pins and caudal notches on the upper and lower surfaces. The lateral line is easily visible. The body color varies according to the level of excitement. The body is dark blue on the back and white with brown spots on the belly. About 20 bars, each composed of many light blue dots, are present on each side. The fins are generally blackish blue. The base of the anal fin is white. The first dorsal fin contains many small black spots, which are more

Fishing period : All year round

Minimum size : 160 cm

Difficulty :

N°4 | The Cero fish

The Cero Fish belongs to the Scombridae family. The maximum size known for the Cero fish is 83 cm and a maximum weight of 7.8 kg and its usual size is about 38 cm. It can live to be 11 years old. It reproduces from April to October in general. It is abundant from October to December. The cero fish has an elongated and streamlined body which is well suited for swimming at speeds of up to 48 km/ h. The body is covered with small scales; the lateral line being inclined towards the caudal peduncle. The caudal fin is lunar and the pelvic fins are relatively long. The scales extend over the pectoral fins. The spiny and soft dorsal fins are separated, with the soft dorsal fin corresponding to the anal fin just below. A series of pinnules follows each fin and three pins on each side of the caudal peduncle. The swim bladder is absent in the cero fish. The back is iridescent bluish green with silvery sides and belly. A semi-lateral bronze band extends from the pectoral fin to the base of the caudal fin. There are several rows of yellow-orange streaks with yellow spots forming lines above and below the sideband. The front third of the first dorsal fin is bluish black.

Fishing period : October to December

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Warsaw Grouper

The Warsaw Grouper belongs to the Serranidae family. It can reach a maximum length of 226 cm for 263 kg. It can live for more than 30 years. They lay eggs from August to September. It can be fished all year round. However, fishing is prohibited all year round in federal waters. The Warsaw grouper is the only member of the genus Epinephelous that has 10 dorsal spines, the second of which is much longer than the third. The color is a greyish brown to dark reddish brown background with many small irregular white spots on the sides. The color appears much lighter around the neck and along the posterior edge of the lid. All fins are dark brown, except for the white spiny part of the dorsal fin. The young are characterized by a yellow caudal fin; dark stool on the caudal peduncle; and some whitish spots on the body.

Fishing period : prohibited all year in federal waters and authoriz

Minimum size : 50 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Bonnethead shark

The Bonnethead shark belongs to the Sphyrnidae family. Bonnethead sharks are generally about 0.61 to 0.91 m long, with a maximum size of about 50 cm. Its maximum lifespan is about 12 years. It is believed that bonnethead mate in spring and fall, or even all year round. It can be fished all year round depending on the location. The bonnethead shark is a small species of shark with a head in the shape of a spade that characterizes this fish making it easier to identify. The head is flattened, the anterior margin of the head is also rounded between the eyes and the mouth is arched. The front teeth have straight and smooth cutting edges, while the next teeth have oblique cutting edges, the outer teeth of the lower jaw are modified in flat mills. The first dorsal fin slightly throws the posterior at the base of the pectoral fin. The dorsal drift with the rear lobe is well developed. Some specimens are dark brown in the lateral dorsal region, lighter in the ventral region and grey in others.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 60 cm

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Cubera Snapper

The Cubera snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. Its average weight is about 18 kg and reaching a length of 90 cm, the cubera snapper can reach 58 kg and 6 m in length. It can live up to 30 years old. It occurs from June to August. It can be fished all year round. This snapper is slightly different from some of the other members of the Lutjanidae family, because it has an elongated and slender body that is not very deep. It looks like the other lutjanidae by its long pectoral fin and continuous dorsal fin. The caudal fin is quite truncated. The mouth has thick lips and large teeth. These fish are generally grey or dark brown with pale to dark grey sides. There may also be a slight reddish tinge on the body. There is a bluish shade on the anal and ventral fins. The caudal fin is light grey in color while the pectoral fins are translucent or grey. Juveniles have a slightly striped pattern on each side that fades with adulthood.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 31 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | The Vermilion Snapper

The Vermilion Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. This species can reach a length of 60 cm, although most are about 35 cm long. The highest recorded weight for this species is 3.2 kg. They can live 50 years. They spawn from April to September. It can be fished all year round. The vermilion snapper has a refined body, is pale white to silvery below and vermilion / reddish above. Fine golden-yellow streaks, some horizontal and others oblique, appear below the lateral line. The dorsal fin is pink with a yellow margin. The caudal fin is red, but has a slight black margin. The large canines are absent and the orientation of the mouth and eyes gives it the appearance of looking up.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

The Atlantic Sharpnose Shark belongs to the Carcharhinidae family. The average size of the Atlantic Sharpnose Shark is 90 to 99 cm. Their maximum size is 120 cm. In captivity it can live up to 4 years. The young are usually born in June. The Atlantic Sharpnose Shark can be fished all year round. The Atlantic Sharpnose Shark has a long snout and labial furrows that surround its mouth. The triangular teeth with smooth edges are identical on the upper and lower jaws. The livery of the Atlantic Sharpnose Shark can be brown, olive grey or blue grey, turning white on its belly. Adults may have some white spots, and in smaller individuals the edges of the dorsal fins and caudal fin are often black.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°10 | Black Bream Fish

The Black breamfish, also known as Acanthopagrus butcheri, is a Sparidae. In general, its average size is 15 to 35 cm and its weight is 500 g to 2.5 kg. However, some individuals can reach up to 60 cm and 4 kg. The black bream has a lifespan of 27 years. Its spawning period is between August and January. It can have up to 300,000 spawn each season. It is not hard to catch and offer a little resistance. The Black bream has a high body and relatively compressed laterally, with symmetrically curved dorsal and ventral fins. The mouth is of moderate size compared to the body and has six incisors in the front of the lower and upper jaws. The body is covered with large scales that can be cycloid or slightly ctenoid. The head is essentially flake-free, except for the lids. A flake sheath covers the soft ray bases of the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. The Black Bream is silvery, from golden brown or bronze to grey-green on the back as well as on the sides with sometimes greenish reflections, depending on its habitat. The belly is white. The fins are all dark, with black borders. The caudal fin is often dark olive-brown.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 25 cm

Difficulty :

N°1 | The Mutton Snapper

The Mutton Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. They have an average length of 50 cm for an average weight of 4.5 kg. They have a lifespan of 14 years old. They spawn in February or in the summer according to the location. The best time to catch them is from May to August. This snapper is a relatively deep fish, with an almost lunar tail. It has a moderately bi-lobed dorsal fin and a very sharp anal fin. The pectoral fin of this snapper is long and is located just after the anal origin. Sheep snappers are very colorful: olive green on the back and on the upper sides, with a red tinge on the lower and lower sides. There is a distinct black spot on the upper back and blue stripes on the cheek area under the eye. There are two phases of color, which is prohibited when the fish is at rest and the solid color when the fish is swimming. The anal fin is sharp and there is a little black spot below the dorsal fin.

Fishing period : May to August

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Silk Snapper

The Silk Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. It can reach a maximum of 83 cm in length and 8.3 kg in weight. They can live up to 30 years. The spawning season can last all year round. The fishing season for silk snapper is from late spring to summer. Silk snappers have an elongated compressed bodies. They are generally red to pinkish red and lighter on the belly. Some fish have thin undulating yellow lines on their sides. A key to identification is the iris of their eyes, which is bright yellow. Their fins are reddish, with yellow reflections on the anal and dorsal fins. Their caudal fin has a dark border and their pectoral fins reach the anus and are pale yellow. Juveniles have black or dark red spots on their upper sides, just below the front edge of their dorsal fin. They have a large mouth equipped with one or more rows of pointed conical teeth on both jaws. Their canines are much larger on the upper jaw. They have an anchor-shaped tooth patch, with a rear extension, on the roof of their mouth and a pair of dental patches on the sides of the roof of their mouth. They have sawtooth caps. Their anal fins have pointed tips, 3 spines and 7 or 8 rays; their caudal fin is lunar; their dorsal fin is continuous with 10 or 11 spines and 13 or 14 rays. They have 16 or 17 lower branches. Their bodies are covered with rough scales and the rows of ladders on their backs are oblique above the lateral line.

Fishing period : late spring till summer

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Sailfish

The Sailfish belongs to the Istiophoridae family. The maximum size of the sailfish is 340 cm in total length and about 100 kg. The average life span of 4 years. Spawning usually takes place in summer. It can be fished all year round. The upper jaw is modified into a long beak with a circular cross-section. The upper jaw is about twice the length of the lower jaw. Two dorsal and anal fins are present. The first dorsal fin is large, much higher than the width of the body. This large fin extends almost the entire length of the body, the longest radius being the 20th. The first anal fin is very far from the body. The second dorsal and anal fins are approximately similar in size and shape. Both are short and concave. The pectoral and pelvic fins are long. Pelvic fins are almost twice as long and almost reach the origin of the first anal fin. Pelvic fins have a spinal column and several fused soft rays. A pair of grooves extend along the ventral surface of the body into which the pelvic fins can be inserted. The caudal peduncle has double pins and caudal notches on the upper and lower surfaces. The lateral line is easily visible. The body color varies according to the level of excitement. The body is dark blue on the back and white with brown spots on the belly. About 20 bars, each composed of many light blue dots, are present on each side. The fins are generally blackish blue. The base of the anal fin is white. The first dorsal fin contains many small black spots, which are more

Fishing period : All year round

Minimum size : 160 cm

Difficulty :

N°4 | The Cero fish

The Cero Fish belongs to the Scombridae family. The maximum size known for the Cero fish is 83 cm and a maximum weight of 7.8 kg and its usual size is about 38 cm. It can live to be 11 years old. It reproduces from April to October in general. It is abundant from October to December. The cero fish has an elongated and streamlined body which is well suited for swimming at speeds of up to 48 km/ h. The body is covered with small scales; the lateral line being inclined towards the caudal peduncle. The caudal fin is lunar and the pelvic fins are relatively long. The scales extend over the pectoral fins. The spiny and soft dorsal fins are separated, with the soft dorsal fin corresponding to the anal fin just below. A series of pinnules follows each fin and three pins on each side of the caudal peduncle. The swim bladder is absent in the cero fish. The back is iridescent bluish green with silvery sides and belly. A semi-lateral bronze band extends from the pectoral fin to the base of the caudal fin. There are several rows of yellow-orange streaks with yellow spots forming lines above and below the sideband. The front third of the first dorsal fin is bluish black.

Fishing period : October to December

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Warsaw Grouper

The Warsaw Grouper belongs to the Serranidae family. It can reach a maximum length of 226 cm for 263 kg. It can live for more than 30 years. They lay eggs from August to September. It can be fished all year round. However, fishing is prohibited all year round in federal waters. The Warsaw grouper is the only member of the genus Epinephelous that has 10 dorsal spines, the second of which is much longer than the third. The color is a greyish brown to dark reddish brown background with many small irregular white spots on the sides. The color appears much lighter around the neck and along the posterior edge of the lid. All fins are dark brown, except for the white spiny part of the dorsal fin. The young are characterized by a yellow caudal fin; dark stool on the caudal peduncle; and some whitish spots on the body.

Fishing period : prohibited all year in federal waters and authoriz

Minimum size : 50 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Bonnethead shark

The Bonnethead shark belongs to the Sphyrnidae family. Bonnethead sharks are generally about 0.61 to 0.91 m long, with a maximum size of about 50 cm. Its maximum lifespan is about 12 years. It is believed that bonnethead mate in spring and fall, or even all year round. It can be fished all year round depending on the location. The bonnethead shark is a small species of shark with a head in the shape of a spade that characterizes this fish making it easier to identify. The head is flattened, the anterior margin of the head is also rounded between the eyes and the mouth is arched. The front teeth have straight and smooth cutting edges, while the next teeth have oblique cutting edges, the outer teeth of the lower jaw are modified in flat mills. The first dorsal fin slightly throws the posterior at the base of the pectoral fin. The dorsal drift with the rear lobe is well developed. Some specimens are dark brown in the lateral dorsal region, lighter in the ventral region and grey in others.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 60 cm

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Cubera Snapper

The Cubera snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. Its average weight is about 18 kg and reaching a length of 90 cm, the cubera snapper can reach 58 kg and 6 m in length. It can live up to 30 years old. It occurs from June to August. It can be fished all year round. This snapper is slightly different from some of the other members of the Lutjanidae family, because it has an elongated and slender body that is not very deep. It looks like the other lutjanidae by its long pectoral fin and continuous dorsal fin. The caudal fin is quite truncated. The mouth has thick lips and large teeth. These fish are generally grey or dark brown with pale to dark grey sides. There may also be a slight reddish tinge on the body. There is a bluish shade on the anal and ventral fins. The caudal fin is light grey in color while the pectoral fins are translucent or grey. Juveniles have a slightly striped pattern on each side that fades with adulthood.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 31 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | The Vermilion Snapper

The Vermilion Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. This species can reach a length of 60 cm, although most are about 35 cm long. The highest recorded weight for this species is 3.2 kg. They can live 50 years. They spawn from April to September. It can be fished all year round. The vermilion snapper has a refined body, is pale white to silvery below and vermilion / reddish above. Fine golden-yellow streaks, some horizontal and others oblique, appear below the lateral line. The dorsal fin is pink with a yellow margin. The caudal fin is red, but has a slight black margin. The large canines are absent and the orientation of the mouth and eyes gives it the appearance of looking up.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

The Atlantic Sharpnose Shark belongs to the Carcharhinidae family. The average size of the Atlantic Sharpnose Shark is 90 to 99 cm. Their maximum size is 120 cm. In captivity it can live up to 4 years. The young are usually born in June. The Atlantic Sharpnose Shark can be fished all year round. The Atlantic Sharpnose Shark has a long snout and labial furrows that surround its mouth. The triangular teeth with smooth edges are identical on the upper and lower jaws. The livery of the Atlantic Sharpnose Shark can be brown, olive grey or blue grey, turning white on its belly. Adults may have some white spots, and in smaller individuals the edges of the dorsal fins and caudal fin are often black.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°10 | Black Bream Fish

The Black breamfish, also known as Acanthopagrus butcheri, is a Sparidae. In general, its average size is 15 to 35 cm and its weight is 500 g to 2.5 kg. However, some individuals can reach up to 60 cm and 4 kg. The black bream has a lifespan of 27 years. Its spawning period is between August and January. It can have up to 300,000 spawn each season. It is not hard to catch and offer a little resistance. The Black bream has a high body and relatively compressed laterally, with symmetrically curved dorsal and ventral fins. The mouth is of moderate size compared to the body and has six incisors in the front of the lower and upper jaws. The body is covered with large scales that can be cycloid or slightly ctenoid. The head is essentially flake-free, except for the lids. A flake sheath covers the soft ray bases of the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. The Black Bream is silvery, from golden brown or bronze to grey-green on the back as well as on the sides with sometimes greenish reflections, depending on its habitat. The belly is white. The fins are all dark, with black borders. The caudal fin is often dark olive-brown.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 25 cm

Difficulty :

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