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N°1 | The Crevalle Jack

The Crevalle Jack belongs to the Carangidae family. The maximum height is about 115 cm long for a weight of 12 kg, but most adult individuals are about 70 cm long for a weight of about 3 kg. It can live up to 17 years. It breeds from March to September. It can be fished all year round. The body is elongated and fairly flattened and, like all carangidae, the pectoral fins are shaped like a sickle. Two thorns exist in front of the anal fins. The small scales are silvered laterally, but the dorsal part is blue-green mixed with golden reflections. The anal fin is bright yellow. It has a very specific black spot on the edge of the lid.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : Depends on the location

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Blacktip Shark

The Blacktip shark belongs to the Carcharhinidae family. If the maximum height is between 2.50 and 2.80 m, the average is more usually around 1.50 m, for a weight of 120 kg. The life expectancy of the blacktip shark is estimated at 12 years. Mating takes place from spring to early summer. It can be fished all year round. The blacktip shark has a relatively slender body with a long, conical snout. Its back and sides are ash grey; a light horizontal lateral stripe marks this area of the white belly quite slightly and a broad white line is often visible, belonging to the belly, coming from the caudal peduncle and stopping under the dorsal fin. The long nose is flattened dorso-ventrally and appears slightly rounded when viewed from below. The eyes are forward, relatively small. The mouth is wide. The nostrils are thin and you can't see the spiracles. The upper and lower teeth are quite similar, with a broad base and an almost straight point with finely crenellated edges. The pectoral fins are sickle-shaped. The first pointed dorsal fin with a pyramidal profile is inserted just behind the pectoral fins. The second dorsal fin is much smaller, facing the anal fin, of the same size. Just in front of the anal fin is a pair of small pelvic fins. Finally, the caudal fin is heterocercal with a fairly large upper lobe. All fins, except the anal, are bordered with a dark color on the trailing edge or apex, varying in intensity from one individual to another. The lower edge of the pectoral

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 1,40 m

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Gulf Kingfish

The Gulf Kingfish belongs to the Scianidae family. The adult size can reach 60 cm for 1,36 kg. It has a lifespan of 6 years. It breeds from September to March. It can be fished all year. Also known as a kingcroaker, the Gulf Kingfish is the biggest of the three whiting. The body is silvery in color and does not contain vertical spots or stripes like the other two species. However, it has a very visible black spot on the top of the tail.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | 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°5 | The Gray Snapper

The Gray Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. The gray snapper is one of the smallest snappers. It rarely exceeds 45 cm and almost always weighs less than 4 kg. The maximum size is 60 cm for 27 kg. It has a lifespan of 27 years. It breeds from April to November. It can be fished all year round. The gray snapper has a relatively slim body, a large mouth and a pointed snout. The anal fin is rounded and the pectoral fins short, without reaching the anal fin. Although the background color of this species may vary, particularly in juveniles, the body and fins of the gray snapper are generally grey to green with a reddish tinge. On the sides of the fish, there are rows of small reddish to orange spots. The median fins are darker than the even fins, often bordered with yellow or white, and the pectoral fins are colorless. The rear edge of the anal fin is rounded. There is no black spot on the side of the body. Young gray snappers have a clearly visible dark band from the snout through the eye and a less visible blue band on the cheek under the eye. They may also sometimes show a lateral pattern of thin pale bars on the body. The fins of juveniles are reddish orange with dark edges.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 31 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Tripletail fish

The Tripletail fish belongs to the Lobotidae family. The tripletail is 89 cm long and weighs 18.6 kg. However, the average weight is between 1 and 7 kg. The Tripletail have a lifespan of about 10 years. They spawn in summer. It can be fished all year round. The tripletail has small scales that extend over the dorsal, caudal and anal fins and a head profile that becomes more concave with age. The tripletail has a compressed and deep body, with a triangular head. The eyes are relatively small and the mouth is large. The bases of the dorsal and anal fins are flaked and the pectoral fins are shorter than the pelvic fins. The tripletail has soft, large and rounded dorsal, caudal and anal fins. This characteristic has given rise to the common name. Juveniles are marbled yellow, brown and black. Lying on the side at the surface of the water, a young tripletail looks like a floating mangrove leaf. Juveniles have white pectoral fins and a white border on the caudal fin. The adult tripletails have a variety of marbled patterns, ranging from dark brown to reddish brown or brown with a shade of grey.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Tarpon

The Tarpon belongs to the Megalopidae family. The female tarpon can reach more than 2.5 m in length and weigh nearly 161 kg, the males being generally smaller. Males live longer than 30 years, while females can live longer than 50 years. They breed from May to July. It is generally fished during the spawning season. Externally, the almost vertical silvery sides made of large scales are the most distinctive feature of the tarpon. The tarpon has an upper mouth and the lower mandible extends well beyond the gape. The fins do not contain thorns, but are all made of soft rays. The dorsal fin is high forward and contains 13-15 rays of light, the last ray of which is very elongated into a thick filament. The caudal is deeply forked and the lobes appear to have the same length. The anterior part of the anal fin is deep and triangular. The fin has 22-25 rays, the last ray being elongated again as in the dorsal fin, but shorter and present only in adults. The tarpon has large pelvic fins and long pectoral fins containing 13 to 14 soft rays. The name "silver king" refers to the predominant bright silvery color on the sides and belly of the tarpon. Dorsally, the tarpon usually appears from dark blue to greenish black. However, the color may appear brownish or coppery for individuals living in inland waters. Dorsal and caudal fins have dark edges and often appear dark.

Fishing period : May to July

Minimum size : less than 100 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | The Bull Shark

The Bull shark belongs to the Carcharchinidae Family. Its average size is 2 m. Its maximum height is 3.40 m. It can live to be 20 years old. It breeds from late summer to early fall. It can be fished from September to May. The bull shark has a stocky and massive body. Its snout is rounded and extremely short. Its eyes are very small. Its upper teeth are broad, triangular and finely crenellated. Its lower teeth are vertical and pointed. Its dental formula is as follows: 13-1 to 2-13 /12-1 to 2-12. Its back is brown to olive to dark grey. Its belly is dirty white. The first dorsal fin is large and broad, it is sickle-shaped, its origin is located in the pectoral armpit. The second dorsal fin is almost three times smaller, its origin is located slightly in front of the anal level. The pectoral muscles are long and also sickle-shaped, they are blackish at the ends. The pelvic bones are triangular in shape. The upper lobe of the caudal is well developed. It does not have an inter dorsal wrinkle.

Fishing period : September to May

Minimum size : 1.65 m

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Gag Fish

The Gag fish belongs to the Serranidae family. The gag fish can reach a maximum total length of 1.45 m and a maximum weight of 36.5 kg. This species has a life span of 16 years. They breed from January to May. They can be fished from June to December. The gag fish is typical of groupers with an elongated oblong body. The head is long while the mouth is large with a protruding lower jaw. The bases of the dorsal and anal fins are covered with thick skin and scales. The caudal fin is wide and has a slightly concave margin. The body color of the gag fish depends on the sex and age of the fish. Juveniles and mature females are pale grey to greyish brown with dark spots and worm-shaped marks giving a marbled appearance. The caudal, anal and pelvic fins have dark blue outer margins. Large mature males are pale to medium grey in color, with barely visible cross-links below the dorsal fin. The ventral surface is dark grey to black. The soft dorsal fin, caudal fin, pectoral and pelvic fins also range from dark grey to black, while the margins of the anal and caudal fins are white.

Fishing period : June to December

Minimum size : 50 cm

Difficulty :

N°10 | The Yellowfin Tuna

The Yellowfin Tuna belongs to the Scombridae family. The maximum reported length for yellowfin tuna is 280 cm overall length and the maximum weight is 400 kg. It can live for about 7 years. It reproduces all year round. It can be fished all year round. Yellowfin tuna is a large tuna. Its body is strongly tapered and deeper under its first dorsal fin, while decreasing considerably towards the caudal peduncle. Two dorsal fins are present. In adults, the second dorsal fin is very long, as is the anal fin, located directly below the second dorsal fin. These fins become relatively longer in larger individuals. The pectoral fin is also long and extends beyond the space between the dorsal fins. The caudal peduncle is very thin and includes three sets of pins. Seven to ten dorsal and ventral pinnacles are present. Behind the corselet, scales are missing, and a band of big scales encircle the body behind the head. A swim bladder is present. The eyes are small; the teeth are small and conical. The body is dark blue or metallic greenish above, while the belly and lower sides are silvery white with many interrupted vertical lines. Perhaps more clearly, a golden stripe runs along the side. The second dorsal and anal fins and pinnacles are bright yellow, and the pinnacles are bordered by a narrow black band.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 69 cm

Difficulty :

N°1 | The Crevalle Jack

The Crevalle Jack belongs to the Carangidae family. The maximum height is about 115 cm long for a weight of 12 kg, but most adult individuals are about 70 cm long for a weight of about 3 kg. It can live up to 17 years. It breeds from March to September. It can be fished all year round. The body is elongated and fairly flattened and, like all carangidae, the pectoral fins are shaped like a sickle. Two thorns exist in front of the anal fins. The small scales are silvered laterally, but the dorsal part is blue-green mixed with golden reflections. The anal fin is bright yellow. It has a very specific black spot on the edge of the lid.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : Depends on the location

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Blacktip Shark

The Blacktip shark belongs to the Carcharhinidae family. If the maximum height is between 2.50 and 2.80 m, the average is more usually around 1.50 m, for a weight of 120 kg. The life expectancy of the blacktip shark is estimated at 12 years. Mating takes place from spring to early summer. It can be fished all year round. The blacktip shark has a relatively slender body with a long, conical snout. Its back and sides are ash grey; a light horizontal lateral stripe marks this area of the white belly quite slightly and a broad white line is often visible, belonging to the belly, coming from the caudal peduncle and stopping under the dorsal fin. The long nose is flattened dorso-ventrally and appears slightly rounded when viewed from below. The eyes are forward, relatively small. The mouth is wide. The nostrils are thin and you can't see the spiracles. The upper and lower teeth are quite similar, with a broad base and an almost straight point with finely crenellated edges. The pectoral fins are sickle-shaped. The first pointed dorsal fin with a pyramidal profile is inserted just behind the pectoral fins. The second dorsal fin is much smaller, facing the anal fin, of the same size. Just in front of the anal fin is a pair of small pelvic fins. Finally, the caudal fin is heterocercal with a fairly large upper lobe. All fins, except the anal, are bordered with a dark color on the trailing edge or apex, varying in intensity from one individual to another. The lower edge of the pectoral

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 1,40 m

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Gulf Kingfish

The Gulf Kingfish belongs to the Scianidae family. The adult size can reach 60 cm for 1,36 kg. It has a lifespan of 6 years. It breeds from September to March. It can be fished all year. Also known as a kingcroaker, the Gulf Kingfish is the biggest of the three whiting. The body is silvery in color and does not contain vertical spots or stripes like the other two species. However, it has a very visible black spot on the top of the tail.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | 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°5 | The Gray Snapper

The Gray Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. The gray snapper is one of the smallest snappers. It rarely exceeds 45 cm and almost always weighs less than 4 kg. The maximum size is 60 cm for 27 kg. It has a lifespan of 27 years. It breeds from April to November. It can be fished all year round. The gray snapper has a relatively slim body, a large mouth and a pointed snout. The anal fin is rounded and the pectoral fins short, without reaching the anal fin. Although the background color of this species may vary, particularly in juveniles, the body and fins of the gray snapper are generally grey to green with a reddish tinge. On the sides of the fish, there are rows of small reddish to orange spots. The median fins are darker than the even fins, often bordered with yellow or white, and the pectoral fins are colorless. The rear edge of the anal fin is rounded. There is no black spot on the side of the body. Young gray snappers have a clearly visible dark band from the snout through the eye and a less visible blue band on the cheek under the eye. They may also sometimes show a lateral pattern of thin pale bars on the body. The fins of juveniles are reddish orange with dark edges.

Fishing period : all year

Minimum size : 31 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Tripletail fish

The Tripletail fish belongs to the Lobotidae family. The tripletail is 89 cm long and weighs 18.6 kg. However, the average weight is between 1 and 7 kg. The Tripletail have a lifespan of about 10 years. They spawn in summer. It can be fished all year round. The tripletail has small scales that extend over the dorsal, caudal and anal fins and a head profile that becomes more concave with age. The tripletail has a compressed and deep body, with a triangular head. The eyes are relatively small and the mouth is large. The bases of the dorsal and anal fins are flaked and the pectoral fins are shorter than the pelvic fins. The tripletail has soft, large and rounded dorsal, caudal and anal fins. This characteristic has given rise to the common name. Juveniles are marbled yellow, brown and black. Lying on the side at the surface of the water, a young tripletail looks like a floating mangrove leaf. Juveniles have white pectoral fins and a white border on the caudal fin. The adult tripletails have a variety of marbled patterns, ranging from dark brown to reddish brown or brown with a shade of grey.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 45 cm

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Tarpon

The Tarpon belongs to the Megalopidae family. The female tarpon can reach more than 2.5 m in length and weigh nearly 161 kg, the males being generally smaller. Males live longer than 30 years, while females can live longer than 50 years. They breed from May to July. It is generally fished during the spawning season. Externally, the almost vertical silvery sides made of large scales are the most distinctive feature of the tarpon. The tarpon has an upper mouth and the lower mandible extends well beyond the gape. The fins do not contain thorns, but are all made of soft rays. The dorsal fin is high forward and contains 13-15 rays of light, the last ray of which is very elongated into a thick filament. The caudal is deeply forked and the lobes appear to have the same length. The anterior part of the anal fin is deep and triangular. The fin has 22-25 rays, the last ray being elongated again as in the dorsal fin, but shorter and present only in adults. The tarpon has large pelvic fins and long pectoral fins containing 13 to 14 soft rays. The name "silver king" refers to the predominant bright silvery color on the sides and belly of the tarpon. Dorsally, the tarpon usually appears from dark blue to greenish black. However, the color may appear brownish or coppery for individuals living in inland waters. Dorsal and caudal fins have dark edges and often appear dark.

Fishing period : May to July

Minimum size : less than 100 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | The Bull Shark

The Bull shark belongs to the Carcharchinidae Family. Its average size is 2 m. Its maximum height is 3.40 m. It can live to be 20 years old. It breeds from late summer to early fall. It can be fished from September to May. The bull shark has a stocky and massive body. Its snout is rounded and extremely short. Its eyes are very small. Its upper teeth are broad, triangular and finely crenellated. Its lower teeth are vertical and pointed. Its dental formula is as follows: 13-1 to 2-13 /12-1 to 2-12. Its back is brown to olive to dark grey. Its belly is dirty white. The first dorsal fin is large and broad, it is sickle-shaped, its origin is located in the pectoral armpit. The second dorsal fin is almost three times smaller, its origin is located slightly in front of the anal level. The pectoral muscles are long and also sickle-shaped, they are blackish at the ends. The pelvic bones are triangular in shape. The upper lobe of the caudal is well developed. It does not have an inter dorsal wrinkle.

Fishing period : September to May

Minimum size : 1.65 m

Difficulty :

N°9 | The Gag Fish

The Gag fish belongs to the Serranidae family. The gag fish can reach a maximum total length of 1.45 m and a maximum weight of 36.5 kg. This species has a life span of 16 years. They breed from January to May. They can be fished from June to December. The gag fish is typical of groupers with an elongated oblong body. The head is long while the mouth is large with a protruding lower jaw. The bases of the dorsal and anal fins are covered with thick skin and scales. The caudal fin is wide and has a slightly concave margin. The body color of the gag fish depends on the sex and age of the fish. Juveniles and mature females are pale grey to greyish brown with dark spots and worm-shaped marks giving a marbled appearance. The caudal, anal and pelvic fins have dark blue outer margins. Large mature males are pale to medium grey in color, with barely visible cross-links below the dorsal fin. The ventral surface is dark grey to black. The soft dorsal fin, caudal fin, pectoral and pelvic fins also range from dark grey to black, while the margins of the anal and caudal fins are white.

Fishing period : June to December

Minimum size : 50 cm

Difficulty :

N°10 | The Yellowfin Tuna

The Yellowfin Tuna belongs to the Scombridae family. The maximum reported length for yellowfin tuna is 280 cm overall length and the maximum weight is 400 kg. It can live for about 7 years. It reproduces all year round. It can be fished all year round. Yellowfin tuna is a large tuna. Its body is strongly tapered and deeper under its first dorsal fin, while decreasing considerably towards the caudal peduncle. Two dorsal fins are present. In adults, the second dorsal fin is very long, as is the anal fin, located directly below the second dorsal fin. These fins become relatively longer in larger individuals. The pectoral fin is also long and extends beyond the space between the dorsal fins. The caudal peduncle is very thin and includes three sets of pins. Seven to ten dorsal and ventral pinnacles are present. Behind the corselet, scales are missing, and a band of big scales encircle the body behind the head. A swim bladder is present. The eyes are small; the teeth are small and conical. The body is dark blue or metallic greenish above, while the belly and lower sides are silvery white with many interrupted vertical lines. Perhaps more clearly, a golden stripe runs along the side. The second dorsal and anal fins and pinnacles are bright yellow, and the pinnacles are bordered by a narrow black band.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 69 cm

Difficulty :

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