Blue Fish Description: Bluefish are colored blue or greenish blue on back and have silvery side and large mouths with prominent sharp teeth capable of cutting through flesh and small bones. A blue fish has compressed dorsal and anal fins nearly the same size and scales small, their lateral line is almost straight.
Where Blue Fish Are Found: Found along the american coast the young bluefish usually INSHORE spring and summer, moving OFFSHORE to join adults fall and winter; strong migration of northeast Atlantic stock to Florida east coast in winter. We find blues along the beaches, inlets and Port Canaveral in our winters.
Florida Record Blue Fish: 22 lbs., 3 ozs.
Remarks: Blue fish travel in large schools, following baitfish, they can be cannibalistic and all members of a given school are usually about the same size Blues are ofen found spawning OFFSHORE in spring and summer.
Bluefish are NOT picky eaters and will devour amost anyting thrown at them including but not limited to dead bait, live bait, spoons, lures, fingers and loose clothing. Blues (as they're often referred to) are capable of inflicting serious bites to an angler and if you observe them they are looking for the opportunity to bite the hand that's taking them off the hook. Blue fish are not the best tablefare because of their dark oily meat. Young blue fish are acceptable eating when they are under four pounds.
Florida Blue Fish Regulations: 12" minimum size to the fork, limit of 10 per day per angler.
Don't get your hands or body parts near an angry bluefish or your liable to loose a finger or a plug of meat from your side. Blue fish are one of the more prolific wintertime fish in Florida and have rebounded well (but not enough) during the current commercial net bands. When angling for bluefish you'd better use wire leader and be prepared to loose some tacke. Blues are fast and readily accept almost anything and everything in your tacklebox. While large casting spoons have been a favorite, Blues will take almost anything offered to them including pieces of bluefish and anglers fingers. So if your stranded on boat and there's plenty of bluefish around, just cut off a body part (or a friends) and put it on a hook, you'll be sure to get a bite.
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