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he SPHYRAENIDAE family comprise 26 different species of carnivorous fish, belonging to the Sphyranidae gender, most commonly known as BARRACUDA and part of the Perciformes order.
Barracudas can reach two (2) mts long and weigh up to fifty (50) kgs. Their sides are dark coloured. The head is sharp and the lower jaw is prominent, showing very sharp teeth.
It swims very fast and easily surprise their preys. Habitat in all depths up to 100 mts, although mostly seen in shallower waters. Present all year round.
The mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Mahi-mahi means very strong in Hawaiian. In other languages the fish is known as lampuga, or dorado.
Mahi-mahi live 4 to 5 years. Catches average 7 to 13 kilograms (15 to 29 lb). They seldom exceed 15 kilograms (33 lb), and mahi-mahi over 18 kilograms (40 lb) are exceptional.
Mahi-mahi have compressed bodies and long dorsal fins extending nearly the entire length of their bodies. Their caudal fins and anal fins are sharply concave. They are distinguished by dazzling colors: golden on the sides, and bright blues and greens on the sides and back. Mature males have prominent foreheads protruding well above the body proper. Females have a rounded head. Females are also usually smaller than males. Mahi-mahi swim in groups and multiple catches are not rare. Present all year round
The White Marlin ( Tetrapterus Albidus), belongs to the ISTIOFORIDI family.
Dark blue to chocolate brown shading to silvery white underbelly, noticeable spots on dorsal fin, upper jaw elongated in shape of spear, body covered with imbedded scales with a single sharp point, tips of first dorsal, pectoral, and first anal fins rounded, lateral line curved above then going in straight line to base of tail.
Size can reach over 2 mts. Length and 90 kgs. weight
An offshore, blue-water fish, pelagic, ranges throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean.
Uses its bill to stun fast-moving fishes, then turns to consume them; spawning procedures unknown; feeds on squid and pelagic fishes. Present all year round, especially between November and March.
The Blue Marlin ( Makaira Nigricans), is the largest of the Atlantic marlins, common to 11 feet, known to exceed 2,000 pounds. Exceeding three (3) mts long and more than 1.000 kgs in weight.
Cobalt blue on top shading to silvery white on bottom, upper jaw elongated in form of a spear, dorsal fin pointed at front end, pectoral fin and anal fin pointed, lateral line reticulated (interwoven like a net, difficult to see in large specimens), no dark spots on dorsal fin, body covered with imbedded scales ending in one or two sharp points.
An offshore, blue-water fish, pelagic, makes trans-Atlantic migrations.
Most trophy size Blue Marlin are females, males normally do not exceed 300 pounds, spawning procedures are unknown, feeds on squid and pelagic fishes including tuna, mahi-mahi and mackerel. Present all year round, especially from November to March
Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus), have a very robust body, slightly compressed. Head with upper jaw and snout prolonged in a stout bill, round in cross-section. Nape elevated. Branchiostegal membranes joined but free from isthmus. No gillrakers. Small, file-like teeth in jaws and palatines. First dorsal fin height less than body depth, pointed anteriorly and decreasing gradually, ending close to the second dorsal fin. Two anal fins, both pointed anteriorly; origin of second slightly behind that of second dorsal fin origin. Pectoral fin rigid (cannot be folded flat against body side). Pelvic fin very narrow, depressible into ventral grooves. Two keels on each side of caudal peduncle and located at the base of the caudal fin lobes. Head and body dark blue dorsally and silvery-white ventrally. First dorsal fin dark blue or blackish; other fin dark brown. Size 150 to 300 cmts and up to 400 kgs. Sailfish feed on a variety of fish, including small tuna, squids and crustaceans. Habitat is epipelagic oceanic. Present all year round.
The Tarpon (Megalops Atlanticus) , a spectacular large fish which rightly carries the name of Silver King, is unmistakable. Characteristics include large flat scales up to three inches in diameter, an elongated dorsal fin, falcate anal fin and large bony underslung jaw. It has been known to exceed 300 pounds or more than 150 kgs.
Little is known of the tarpons spawning activity or growth. Tarpon of 15 to 40 cmts have been found in river mouths, lakes and bar-ditches and sometimes in polluted areas. Young Tarpon often go into the brackish water of small marsh channels, while adults may swim far up the larger rivers , perhaps in search of food. Most commonly found off the beachfront . Adult Tarpon live in open waters
Tarpon may be found throughout the Atlantic Ocean, through the Caribbean to Brazil.
Tarpon will hit trolled spoons and jigs and also will take live pinfish and mullet under a cork and menhaden using drift fishing methods. The ensuing fight is dramatic, marked by leaps from the water and shaking of the body. Present from November to February.
Thunnus is a genus of ocean-dwelling fish in the family Scombridae, all of which are tuna, although other tuna species are found in other genera.
Their coloring, metallic blue on top and shimmering silver-white on the bottom, helps camouflage them from above and below. They can grow to 15 feet long and weigh over 1,000 pounds (more than 5 mts long and exceeding 500 kgs ). They can swim up to 50 miles per hour when pursuing prey . The following species can be found in these waters and are present all year round:
The wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. Many Hispanic areas of the Caribbean and Central America refer to this fish as peto.
The body is elongated and covered with small, scarcely visible scales; the back is an iridescent blue, while the sides are silvery, with a pattern of irregular vertical blue bars and have razor sharp teeth.These colors fade rapidly at death. The mouth is large, and both the upper and lower jaws have a somewhat sharper appearance than those of king or Spanish mackerel. Specimens have been recorded at up to 2.5 metres (8 ft) in length, and weighing up to 83 kilograms (180 lb). Growth can be rapid. Wahoo can swim up to 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). They are one of the fastest fish in the sea.
Wahoo tend to be solitary or occur in loose-knit groups of two or three fish, but where conditions are suitable can be found in schools as large as 100 or more. Their diet is made up of other fish and squid. Present all year round
The common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) is a species of marine fish in the family Centropomidae order Perciformes. The common snook is also known as the sergeant fish or robalo. Reaches a maximum total length of 140 centimeters (4.6 feet), but the average size is 50 centimeters. Of typical form centropomid, possesses gray coloration except for a distinctive black lateral line. It can also have parts bright yellow, pelvic area and caudal fins, especially during playback. Present throughout the year.