This book is a given for recreational and commercial fishermen as well as anyone who loves the outdoors! Since most anglers identify their fish by reviewing illustrations rather than using scientific keys, the authors have succeeded in making fishing easier by providing superb illustrations and detailed diagnostics for fish identification. A valuable, one-stop reference tool for everyday anglers, fisheries experts, biologists, and outdoors writers, this guide includes intensively researched information on 207 species of saltwater fish, essential data on each speciesí habitat, identification, typical size, and food value. By Jerald Horst & Mike Lane, illustrated by Duane Raver. 207 species.
Gulfwide on reefs or hard bottoms 100 to 250 feet deep.
Identification & Biology :
This is an attractive fish with red and silver stripes running the length of the fish. It has very large eyes and its fins appear too large for its body. The fins are very spiny. Squirrelfish feed at night, away from the reef, over sandy and grassy areas on crabs, shrimp, worms and snails. They spend their daylight hours hiding in crevices and under ledges. Spawning also occurs at night during a full moon, and has been documented in May. Most squirrelfish are caught as bycatch by snapper anglers.
Two feet is considered very large. Most are smaller.
Food Value :
Excellent, but usually small.
Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter