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N°1 | The White Grunt

The White Grunt belongs to the Haemulidae family. It generally reach a length of 45 cm and a weight of 2.5 kg, the white grunt is a small fish. The maximum declared length is 46.0 cm and the weight is 4.38 kg. The maximum lifespan for white grunt is thought to be between 9 and 12 years old. Spawning takes place during most of the year. It can be fished all year round. The body is moderately elongated, with a high and compressed back. The head is long with a pointed snout. The dorsal and anal fins of the white grunt are completely covered with scales. The caudal fin is forked and the pectoral fin long and sickle-shaped. The scales above the side line are larger than those below the side line. The white grunt is silvery-white to creamy, the head is bronze to yellow dorsally while the ventral surface of the head and belly is white. There is a series of dark blue stripes on the head, bordered with yellow-brown and rising into the body. The margin of each scale is bronze and the back edge is often grey. The rows of ladders above the side line are larger than those below the side line. The spiny dorsal fin is chalky to yellowish-white, the soft dorsal fin, the soft anal fin and the caudal fin are brownish grey. Pelvic fins are chalky, while pectoral fins range from light yellow to chalky. A black spot is located on the precapping and the inside of the mouth is red. The colour of this fish is variable, the fish appearing in a shade corresponding to the immediate environment.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Ladyfish

The Ladyfish belongs to the Elopidae family. The adult size is about 1 m for about 6 kg. It has a lifespan of 6 years at least. It can breed throughout the year. It can be fished all year. This fish has an elongated, thin and robust body with a large, deeply forked caudal fin. The body is covered with small, thin, silvery scales. The lateral line runs along the fish. The ladyfish has a small and pointed head with a large terminal mouth. The caudal lobes of ladyfish are long and thin. Dorsally, the ladyfish is silvery blue to greenish, while ventrally and laterally, it is silvery. The dorsal and caudal fins are yellowish to silvery and the pectoral and pelvic fins are speckled and pale.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Gafftopsail Catfish

The Gafftopsail catfish belongs to the Ariidae Family. The typical length of an adult gafftopsail catfish is about 43 cm and it has an average weight of 910 g. It has a lifetime of 5 to 8 years. They breed from May to August. It can be fished all year round. The Gafftopsail catfish are blue-grey to dark brown with a light grey belly. Its appearance is typical of a catfish, except for its deeply forked tail and poisonous, serrated spines. It also has a small hump that looks like a wave. The anal fin is white or pale blue a few centimeters from the tail, with 22-28 rays and a high anterior lobe. The pelvic fin is between 15 and 30 cm in front of the caudal fin. The Gafftopsail catfish has maxillary barbells and a pair of barbells on its chin. It resembles the hardheaded catfish, but its backbone has a distinct fleshy extension (such as a ship's fore and aft topsail).

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | The African Pompano

The African Pompano belongs to the Carangidae family. The maximum size can reach up to 1.50 m, but the average size is one meter. It breeds in spring and autumn. It can be fished during the hot seasons. Like many carangidae, it is a deep and laterally compressed fish, which have the deepest point of the body between the origin of the dorsal and anal fins and the head and tail tapering on either side. The dorsal and ventral profiles are also convex, the main characteristic of the adult being its more curved head compared to the more angular head profile of African Pompano. The species has 4 to 7 spines visible in the first dorsal fin, followed by a single spine and 18 to 20 soft rays in the second dorsal fin. The anal fin has two spines followed by 15 or 16 soft rays, while the pectoral fin is long and curved. The skin of the fish appears flake-free, but has tiny, embedded scales scattered over the body. The lateral line has a strong and moderately long dorsal arch, with a posterior section of 12 to 30 scales. Juvenile with filamentous rays at the anal and dorsal fins. Juveniles are characterized by their "spinning" appearance, characterized by filaments dragging anal and dorsal fins that retract with age. During maturation, the species also becomes more elongated and more similar to other types of jacks. The body is a silvery blue metallic to blue-green above, being the darkest on the head and upper shoulders, while the underside is more silvery. Juveniles have 5 chevron-sha

Fishing period : hot season

Minimum size : 60 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Horse Eye Jack fish

The Horse Eye Jack fish belongs to the Carangidae family. It can reach up to 100 cm for 13,33 kg. It can live for more than 18 years. It breeds from June to August. It can be fished all year. The backbones located on the body of Horse-Eye Jack are 8 to 9. The soft rays are approximately 20 - 22 located on the small body of the Horse-Eye jack. There are a few anal spines and about 17 soft anal rays. The pectoral fins are free of spots or marks and have a remarkably well constructed shape. Their bone plates are blackish or sometimes even stone grey. The caudal fin on the body of the Horse-Eye jack is yellow in color. Younger Horse-Eye jacks are brighter in color and have large, very dark stripes on the body. The shape of Horse-Eye jack is similar to that of other fish in the Carangidae family, but the main difference is the shape of their heads. The head of the horse's eye whistle is clearer and more pronounced than that of other fish in the same family. The Horse-Eye jack fins are darker in color and some of them even have black fins. The Horse-Eye fish is known as the big-eyed fish, mainly because of its prominent and prominent eyes that are located at the front and center of the fish's head.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°6 | 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°7 | The Wahoo fish

The Wahoo fish belongs to the Scombridae family. The maximum declared size for wahoo is 250 cm in total length, with a maximum weight of 83 kg. As a general rule, individuals reach a height of 100 to 170 cm. He can live up to 6 years. It can appear all year round. It can be fished all year round. Wahoo is a slender oceanic fish with a scaly body. The jaws are elongated to form an almost beak-shaped snout; the teeth are triangular and finely serrated. Two dorsal fins are present; the first is several times longer than the second. These fins are followed by 8 or 9 pinnules. The anal fin is approximately below the second dorsal fin and also ends in 9 pinnules. Pelvic fins are located under the pectoral fins. The caudal peduncle is narrow and contains three sets of pins. The small scales cover the body and no anterior corselets are present. The lateral line extends over the entire length of the body and suddenly increases under the first dorsal fin. A swim bladder is present. The body is dark blue or green above, with at least 24 corrugated cobalt blue bars extending vertically on the sides. The belly and lower sides are silvered.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°8 | 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°9 | 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°10 | The Southern flounder

The Southern flounder belongs to the Paralichthyidae family. its average size is 30 to 35 cm for an average weight of 5 kg. it can live up to 7 years on average. it reproduces in winter. it can be fished all year round. All flatfish, which include southern flounder, are laterally compressed and spend most of their lives swimming along their bottoms. In the case of southern plaice, the left side is always the "top" side; in other species, the opposite is true.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 38 cm

Difficulty :

N°1 | The White Grunt

The White Grunt belongs to the Haemulidae family. It generally reach a length of 45 cm and a weight of 2.5 kg, the white grunt is a small fish. The maximum declared length is 46.0 cm and the weight is 4.38 kg. The maximum lifespan for white grunt is thought to be between 9 and 12 years old. Spawning takes place during most of the year. It can be fished all year round. The body is moderately elongated, with a high and compressed back. The head is long with a pointed snout. The dorsal and anal fins of the white grunt are completely covered with scales. The caudal fin is forked and the pectoral fin long and sickle-shaped. The scales above the side line are larger than those below the side line. The white grunt is silvery-white to creamy, the head is bronze to yellow dorsally while the ventral surface of the head and belly is white. There is a series of dark blue stripes on the head, bordered with yellow-brown and rising into the body. The margin of each scale is bronze and the back edge is often grey. The rows of ladders above the side line are larger than those below the side line. The spiny dorsal fin is chalky to yellowish-white, the soft dorsal fin, the soft anal fin and the caudal fin are brownish grey. Pelvic fins are chalky, while pectoral fins range from light yellow to chalky. A black spot is located on the precapping and the inside of the mouth is red. The colour of this fish is variable, the fish appearing in a shade corresponding to the immediate environment.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°2 | The Ladyfish

The Ladyfish belongs to the Elopidae family. The adult size is about 1 m for about 6 kg. It has a lifespan of 6 years at least. It can breed throughout the year. It can be fished all year. This fish has an elongated, thin and robust body with a large, deeply forked caudal fin. The body is covered with small, thin, silvery scales. The lateral line runs along the fish. The ladyfish has a small and pointed head with a large terminal mouth. The caudal lobes of ladyfish are long and thin. Dorsally, the ladyfish is silvery blue to greenish, while ventrally and laterally, it is silvery. The dorsal and caudal fins are yellowish to silvery and the pectoral and pelvic fins are speckled and pale.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°3 | The Gafftopsail Catfish

The Gafftopsail catfish belongs to the Ariidae Family. The typical length of an adult gafftopsail catfish is about 43 cm and it has an average weight of 910 g. It has a lifetime of 5 to 8 years. They breed from May to August. It can be fished all year round. The Gafftopsail catfish are blue-grey to dark brown with a light grey belly. Its appearance is typical of a catfish, except for its deeply forked tail and poisonous, serrated spines. It also has a small hump that looks like a wave. The anal fin is white or pale blue a few centimeters from the tail, with 22-28 rays and a high anterior lobe. The pelvic fin is between 15 and 30 cm in front of the caudal fin. The Gafftopsail catfish has maxillary barbells and a pair of barbells on its chin. It resembles the hardheaded catfish, but its backbone has a distinct fleshy extension (such as a ship's fore and aft topsail).

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°4 | The African Pompano

The African Pompano belongs to the Carangidae family. The maximum size can reach up to 1.50 m, but the average size is one meter. It breeds in spring and autumn. It can be fished during the hot seasons. Like many carangidae, it is a deep and laterally compressed fish, which have the deepest point of the body between the origin of the dorsal and anal fins and the head and tail tapering on either side. The dorsal and ventral profiles are also convex, the main characteristic of the adult being its more curved head compared to the more angular head profile of African Pompano. The species has 4 to 7 spines visible in the first dorsal fin, followed by a single spine and 18 to 20 soft rays in the second dorsal fin. The anal fin has two spines followed by 15 or 16 soft rays, while the pectoral fin is long and curved. The skin of the fish appears flake-free, but has tiny, embedded scales scattered over the body. The lateral line has a strong and moderately long dorsal arch, with a posterior section of 12 to 30 scales. Juvenile with filamentous rays at the anal and dorsal fins. Juveniles are characterized by their "spinning" appearance, characterized by filaments dragging anal and dorsal fins that retract with age. During maturation, the species also becomes more elongated and more similar to other types of jacks. The body is a silvery blue metallic to blue-green above, being the darkest on the head and upper shoulders, while the underside is more silvery. Juveniles have 5 chevron-sha

Fishing period : hot season

Minimum size : 60 cm

Difficulty :

N°5 | The Horse Eye Jack fish

The Horse Eye Jack fish belongs to the Carangidae family. It can reach up to 100 cm for 13,33 kg. It can live for more than 18 years. It breeds from June to August. It can be fished all year. The backbones located on the body of Horse-Eye Jack are 8 to 9. The soft rays are approximately 20 - 22 located on the small body of the Horse-Eye jack. There are a few anal spines and about 17 soft anal rays. The pectoral fins are free of spots or marks and have a remarkably well constructed shape. Their bone plates are blackish or sometimes even stone grey. The caudal fin on the body of the Horse-Eye jack is yellow in color. Younger Horse-Eye jacks are brighter in color and have large, very dark stripes on the body. The shape of Horse-Eye jack is similar to that of other fish in the Carangidae family, but the main difference is the shape of their heads. The head of the horse's eye whistle is clearer and more pronounced than that of other fish in the same family. The Horse-Eye jack fins are darker in color and some of them even have black fins. The Horse-Eye fish is known as the big-eyed fish, mainly because of its prominent and prominent eyes that are located at the front and center of the fish's head.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°6 | 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°7 | The Wahoo fish

The Wahoo fish belongs to the Scombridae family. The maximum declared size for wahoo is 250 cm in total length, with a maximum weight of 83 kg. As a general rule, individuals reach a height of 100 to 170 cm. He can live up to 6 years. It can appear all year round. It can be fished all year round. Wahoo is a slender oceanic fish with a scaly body. The jaws are elongated to form an almost beak-shaped snout; the teeth are triangular and finely serrated. Two dorsal fins are present; the first is several times longer than the second. These fins are followed by 8 or 9 pinnules. The anal fin is approximately below the second dorsal fin and also ends in 9 pinnules. Pelvic fins are located under the pectoral fins. The caudal peduncle is narrow and contains three sets of pins. The small scales cover the body and no anterior corselets are present. The lateral line extends over the entire length of the body and suddenly increases under the first dorsal fin. A swim bladder is present. The body is dark blue or green above, with at least 24 corrugated cobalt blue bars extending vertically on the sides. The belly and lower sides are silvered.

Fishing period : all year round

Minimum size : no restriction

Difficulty :

N°8 | 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°9 | 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°10 | The Southern flounder

The Southern flounder belongs to the Paralichthyidae family. its average size is 30 to 35 cm for an average weight of 5 kg. it can live up to 7 years on average. it reproduces in winter. it can be fished all year round. All flatfish, which include southern flounder, are laterally compressed and spend most of their lives swimming along their bottoms. In the case of southern plaice, the left side is always the "top" side; in other species, the opposite is true.

Fishing period : All year

Minimum size : 38 cm

Difficulty :

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