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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.

Porgy, Jolthead
Calamus bajonado

Illustrations by: Duane Raver     Click image for large version.
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Family:  Porgies  (Sparidae)
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Other Names :Jolthead Porgy
Range & Habitat :Jolthead porgies are found Gulfwide, although sparse in southern Texas. It is a coastal species, but found out to 150 feet deep. It prefers grass beds or reefs, but is adaptable to many habitats.
Identification & Biology :The body is laterally compressed and deep, and the head has a bulging profile. Its color is generally silvery with some blue or lavender iridescence. Some brown flecking may also be noticeable on the body. The corners of the mouth and the throat are brownish-orange. Its diet being mainly sea urchins, crabs, clams, and mussels makes it difficult to catch on artificial lures. It will, however, readily take a hook baited with a natural bait. Although not considered a gamefish, its size makes it a good fighter.
Size :Common up to 5-6 pounds and may exceed 20 pounds.
Food Value :Excellent
Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter

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