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N°1 | The Gray Triggerfish

The Gray triggerfish belongs to the Balistidae family. This fish can weigh up to 5.9 kg and reach a maximum length of about 76 cm. It has a lifespan of 16 years. It breeds from July to September. It can be fished all year round except during the breeding season. The body of the gray triggerfish is laterally flattened, with a rough and tough skin and two dorsal fins. The first dorsal fin has three spines that can be locked in an upright position to serve as a predator defense and anchoring device. The first spine is very strong and is connected according to the second spine. When threatened, the pinfish dives into a narrow crevice, locks firmly and anchors itself in place by climbing up and locking the first one. When the second spine is pressed, it acts as a trigger that unlocks the first spine. The second dorsal fin is located directly in front of an almost identical anal fin. The dorsal fins are the main means of locomotion. They move in unison, propelling the fish into the water. The lobes of the caudal fin are elongated in large adults. The eyes of the grey triggerfish are located far from the mouth. The scales on the front half of the body are large and plate-shaped, while those on the back are smooth. There are one or more widened ladders located behind the opening of the gills. The small caps are located directly above the pectoral fins. The pectoral fin is short and rounded and the dorsal fins are separated. The juvenile grey triggerfish are yellowish with small purp

Fishing period : October to June

Minimum size : 38 cm

Difficulty :

N°2 | 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°3 | 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°4 | The Dog Snapper

The Dog Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. With an average length of 60 cm, the adult snapper can reach a maximum length of 74 cm. The maximum known weight for this snapper is 9.1 kg. Sexual maturity is achieved at lengths of 30 to 40 cm. The maximum lifespan recorded was about 29 years. It breeds in March. It is fished in March, April, July, August, November and December. This snapper has a relatively deep body, with long pectoral fins, an emarginated or slightly forked caudal fin, a rounded anal fin and a double dorsal fin. Dog snappers have an olive green top and back, sometimes with narrow, pale bars. The lower sides and belly are light red and coppery. There is a white triangular bar under the lower edge of the eyes. The pectoral, ventral, anal and distal fins of the dorsal and caudal fins are reddish, while the rest of the dorsal and caudal fins are olive green. The young have a horizontal blue line under the eye and through the operculum, which turns into a row of spots on adults.

Fishing period : March, April, July, August, November and December

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Spanish Mackerel

The Spanish Mackerel belongs to the Scombridae family. It has an average length of 50 to 80 cm for 3.2 kg. The maximum length recorded is 120 cm. Its maximum lifespan is about 20 years. They spawn from April to September. It is fished from March to September. Spanish mackerel has the contours of slender mackerel rather than bonito, its body being nearly 4½ at 5 times longer than depth. its two dorsal fins (like those of bonitoes) are barely separated, and secondly, because of its colorful pattern, its high slender dorsal shape and spotted sides distinguish it at first sight from our bonitoes, while its thin shape, long first dorsal fin and second dorsal fin contour distinguish it from the small tuna. Spanish mackerel is dark blue-green or blue-green above, pale below, like all Scombridae, and silvery, with many small oblong oval, dull orange or yellowish spots on its sides above the lateral line and below, which are highly diagnostic in nature. The fact that the membrane of the front third of its first dorsal fin is black, while its back part is greenish white, is also useful. The second dorsal and pectoral fins are pale yellowish with dark margins; the anal and ventral fins are white.

Fishing period : March to September

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Blue Runner

The Blue Runner belongs to the Carangidae family. The blue runner can reach a maximum length of 70 cm and a weight of 5.05 kg, but its average size is below 35 cm. The maximum lifespan recorded was 11 years. The spawning season depends on the location. They can be caught all year round. The blue runner has an elongated, moderately flattened body and a slightly pointed snout. The posterior part of the eye is covered with a moderately developed adipose eyelid, and the posterior end of the jaw is placed vertically under the center of the eye. The dorsal fin is in two parts, the first part composed of 8 spines and the second of one spine followed by 22 to 25 soft rays. The anal fin consists of 2 previously detached spines followed by a spine and 19 to 21 soft rays. Pectoral fins become sicklier with age, with 21 to 23 rays, and are slightly longer than the head. The lateral line has a pronounced but short anterior arch, the curved section intersecting the right section below the spine of the second dorsal fin. The right section contains 0 to 7 scales followed by 46 to 56 very strong scales, with bilateral hulls on the caudal peduncle. There are a total of 86 to 98 scales and scales on the entire lateral line. The color of the blue runner varies from bluish green to dorsally olive green, becoming silver grey to copper below. Juveniles often have 7 dark vertical stripes on their bodies. The color of the fins also varies, all fins ranging from darkest to darkest or from hyaline to

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Scamp fih

The scamp fish belongs to the Serranidae family. Its maximum size is 7.8 kg for more than 100 cm. It has a lifespan of about 48 years. It spawns from April to May. It can be fished all year round. It has a light grey or brown color, large adults have elongated caudal rays and reddish brown spots on the sides that tend to be grouped in lines. It also has yellow spots around the corners of the mouth. It is linked to the gag and other slender groupers. Naughty animals are identified by their pronounced and pronounced dorsal and anal ray extensions, a more concave head profile and by their color. Scamps have a light brown to greyish brown body covered with well defined and separated black spots, which measure about 0.31 cm.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 50 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | 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°9 | 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°10 | The Lesser Amberjack

The Lesser Amberjack belongs to the Carangidae family. It has an average length of 50 cm for 4,53 kg. It has a lifespan of about ten years. It spawns throughout the year. It can be fished all year round. The body is short, a little wide and slightly tapered from the middle to each end. Above the lateral line, they are olive green, brownish, dark pinkish or purple and below the lateral line, they are white or silver grey. A slightly golden line extends from the eye to the tail and a dark band extends diagonally from the eye almost to the first dorsal fin. Juveniles have seven to eight brownish, irregular and sometimes broken bands. The first rounded dorsal fin has eight spines. The second largest dorsal fin, which is not connected to the first, has a spine and 30 to 32 rays. There are three spines and 19 to 20 rays on the anal fin. The second dorsal fin and the smallest anal fin are similar in shape, with the front ends extending to a peak. The tail is in the shape of a boomerang.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°1 | The Gray Triggerfish

The Gray triggerfish belongs to the Balistidae family. This fish can weigh up to 5.9 kg and reach a maximum length of about 76 cm. It has a lifespan of 16 years. It breeds from July to September. It can be fished all year round except during the breeding season. The body of the gray triggerfish is laterally flattened, with a rough and tough skin and two dorsal fins. The first dorsal fin has three spines that can be locked in an upright position to serve as a predator defense and anchoring device. The first spine is very strong and is connected according to the second spine. When threatened, the pinfish dives into a narrow crevice, locks firmly and anchors itself in place by climbing up and locking the first one. When the second spine is pressed, it acts as a trigger that unlocks the first spine. The second dorsal fin is located directly in front of an almost identical anal fin. The dorsal fins are the main means of locomotion. They move in unison, propelling the fish into the water. The lobes of the caudal fin are elongated in large adults. The eyes of the grey triggerfish are located far from the mouth. The scales on the front half of the body are large and plate-shaped, while those on the back are smooth. There are one or more widened ladders located behind the opening of the gills. The small caps are located directly above the pectoral fins. The pectoral fin is short and rounded and the dorsal fins are separated. The juvenile grey triggerfish are yellowish with small purp

Fishing period : October to June

Minimum size : 38 cm

Difficulty :

N°2 | 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°3 | 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°4 | The Dog Snapper

The Dog Snapper belongs to the Lutjanidae family. With an average length of 60 cm, the adult snapper can reach a maximum length of 74 cm. The maximum known weight for this snapper is 9.1 kg. Sexual maturity is achieved at lengths of 30 to 40 cm. The maximum lifespan recorded was about 29 years. It breeds in March. It is fished in March, April, July, August, November and December. This snapper has a relatively deep body, with long pectoral fins, an emarginated or slightly forked caudal fin, a rounded anal fin and a double dorsal fin. Dog snappers have an olive green top and back, sometimes with narrow, pale bars. The lower sides and belly are light red and coppery. There is a white triangular bar under the lower edge of the eyes. The pectoral, ventral, anal and distal fins of the dorsal and caudal fins are reddish, while the rest of the dorsal and caudal fins are olive green. The young have a horizontal blue line under the eye and through the operculum, which turns into a row of spots on adults.

Fishing period : March, April, July, August, November and December

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Spanish Mackerel

The Spanish Mackerel belongs to the Scombridae family. It has an average length of 50 to 80 cm for 3.2 kg. The maximum length recorded is 120 cm. Its maximum lifespan is about 20 years. They spawn from April to September. It is fished from March to September. Spanish mackerel has the contours of slender mackerel rather than bonito, its body being nearly 4½ at 5 times longer than depth. its two dorsal fins (like those of bonitoes) are barely separated, and secondly, because of its colorful pattern, its high slender dorsal shape and spotted sides distinguish it at first sight from our bonitoes, while its thin shape, long first dorsal fin and second dorsal fin contour distinguish it from the small tuna. Spanish mackerel is dark blue-green or blue-green above, pale below, like all Scombridae, and silvery, with many small oblong oval, dull orange or yellowish spots on its sides above the lateral line and below, which are highly diagnostic in nature. The fact that the membrane of the front third of its first dorsal fin is black, while its back part is greenish white, is also useful. The second dorsal and pectoral fins are pale yellowish with dark margins; the anal and ventral fins are white.

Fishing period : March to September

Minimum size : 30 cm

Difficulty :

N°6 | The Blue Runner

The Blue Runner belongs to the Carangidae family. The blue runner can reach a maximum length of 70 cm and a weight of 5.05 kg, but its average size is below 35 cm. The maximum lifespan recorded was 11 years. The spawning season depends on the location. They can be caught all year round. The blue runner has an elongated, moderately flattened body and a slightly pointed snout. The posterior part of the eye is covered with a moderately developed adipose eyelid, and the posterior end of the jaw is placed vertically under the center of the eye. The dorsal fin is in two parts, the first part composed of 8 spines and the second of one spine followed by 22 to 25 soft rays. The anal fin consists of 2 previously detached spines followed by a spine and 19 to 21 soft rays. Pectoral fins become sicklier with age, with 21 to 23 rays, and are slightly longer than the head. The lateral line has a pronounced but short anterior arch, the curved section intersecting the right section below the spine of the second dorsal fin. The right section contains 0 to 7 scales followed by 46 to 56 very strong scales, with bilateral hulls on the caudal peduncle. There are a total of 86 to 98 scales and scales on the entire lateral line. The color of the blue runner varies from bluish green to dorsally olive green, becoming silver grey to copper below. Juveniles often have 7 dark vertical stripes on their bodies. The color of the fins also varies, all fins ranging from darkest to darkest or from hyaline to

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°7 | The Scamp fih

The scamp fish belongs to the Serranidae family. Its maximum size is 7.8 kg for more than 100 cm. It has a lifespan of about 48 years. It spawns from April to May. It can be fished all year round. It has a light grey or brown color, large adults have elongated caudal rays and reddish brown spots on the sides that tend to be grouped in lines. It also has yellow spots around the corners of the mouth. It is linked to the gag and other slender groupers. Naughty animals are identified by their pronounced and pronounced dorsal and anal ray extensions, a more concave head profile and by their color. Scamps have a light brown to greyish brown body covered with well defined and separated black spots, which measure about 0.31 cm.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : 50 cm

Difficulty :

N°8 | 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°9 | 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°10 | The Lesser Amberjack

The Lesser Amberjack belongs to the Carangidae family. It has an average length of 50 cm for 4,53 kg. It has a lifespan of about ten years. It spawns throughout the year. It can be fished all year round. The body is short, a little wide and slightly tapered from the middle to each end. Above the lateral line, they are olive green, brownish, dark pinkish or purple and below the lateral line, they are white or silver grey. A slightly golden line extends from the eye to the tail and a dark band extends diagonally from the eye almost to the first dorsal fin. Juveniles have seven to eight brownish, irregular and sometimes broken bands. The first rounded dorsal fin has eight spines. The second largest dorsal fin, which is not connected to the first, has a spine and 30 to 32 rays. There are three spines and 19 to 20 rays on the anal fin. The second dorsal fin and the smallest anal fin are similar in shape, with the front ends extending to a peak. The tail is in the shape of a boomerang.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

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