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Saltwater Fish Identification

Fishing Regulations Icon Georgia Fishing


Black Sea bass

Black Drum (Young)

  • Loses vertical bars
    with age


(Summer Trout)


Southern Kingfish (Whiting)


  • Keeps vertical bars
    throughout life

Red Drum


King Mackerel

  • Up to 60 lbs.

Spanish Mackerel

  • Averages 2–4 lbs.


  • Color dark to bluish-grey with a Z-shaped pattern

Sand Tiger

  • Harvest prohibited


  • Harvest prohibited
  • Color brownish-grey above white below

shark anatomy

(view from above)

(not including small shark composite above)

Blacknose Blacktip
Bull Finetooth
Lemon Nurse
Scalloped Hammerhead Smooth Hammerhead
Thresher Tiger (has interdorsal ridge)

Most sharks with an interdorsal ridge caught in Georgia waters will be included in the “prohibited” or “no harvest” categories.

If you are not sure of the species and whether you may keep it, release it.

See the complete Seasons, Limits, Sizes list.

Fish identification pictures by: Duane Raver