The Blue Runner

The Blue Runner
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Period

All year

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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

The blue runner lifestyle

The blue runner is a predator that feeds mainly on small benthic fish in coastal waters. The diet of juveniles is more dominated by zooplankton, with young fish taking mainly cyclopoid and calanoid copepods and gradually shifting to a more fish-based diet.
The blue runner reaches sexual maturity at different size according to the location. Spawning appears to occur off year round, but several peaks of spawning activity have been observed in different areas of the species' range. Peak spawning in the Gulf of Mexico occurs from June to August, with a secondary peak spawning in October in northwest Florida. Elsewhere, peaks in larval abundance indicate spawning during the hottest summer months, January to August. Each female releases between 41,000 and 1,546,000 eggs on average, with the largest fish producing more eggs. Eggs and larvae are pelagic.

The blue runner Habitat

The blue runner is mainly a coastal fish in most of its range. However, it is known to live on reefs more profound than 100 m. In Central America, it is rather infrequent near the coast, but more commonly found on outer reefs. Individuals on shallow reefs often move between reef areas over large areas of sand. Juvenile fish are also known to live the shallow waters of coastal lagoons, taking refuge around mangroves or in seagrass beds among coral reef areas.
It can be found in the Atlantic Ocean, the eastern American coastline, the West African and European coastlines.

The Blue runner angling

The best way to catch them is to use a hook and a line, but if you are using a platform, use the many gold configurations provided with a weight attached at the bottom.

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