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Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing

Marine Species Identification


Alewife (a river herring)

American Shad

Atlantic Herring

Blueback Herring (a river herring)

Gizzard Shad

Hickory Shad

Blue Crab

Striped Bass

Black Sea Bass

Tautog (Blackfish)

Red Drum


Atlantic Croaker

Black Drum

Bluefish (Snapper)

Winter Flounder

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

Hard Clam


Northern Searobin

White Perch

Atlantic Bonito

Spanish Mackerel

Atlantic Mackerel

Scup (Porgy)

Northern Kingfish

Northern Puffer


Oyster Toadfish

Atlantic Cod

For a complete list of shark species, visit NOAA's Shark Identification and Federal Regulations for the Recreational Fishery of the U.S. Atlantic Coast at:

Alewife, American Shad, Blueback Herring and Hickory Shad illustrations ©Duane Raver; Atlantic Herring illustration ©Victor Young/NH. Fish and Game Department; Gizzard Shad illustration courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ©2012.