Saltwater Fish

All of the saltwater species I’ve caught have come from the Gulf of Mexico or bodies of water tidally influenced by the Gulf. There are so many saltwater species out there that it would be pretty pointless to separate them by family, like I did with the freshwater fish, so I divided them between inshore and offshore species, of course most of the inshore species you can catch offshore too. If I caught it inshore, it got labelled as an inshore species. With the exception of the snook, you can catch all of these species in Louisiana or offshore of Louisiana. This list will only grow as I continue to make trips offshore and to Florida. Cobia, tripletail, mackeral, grouper, sharks, pelagics, etc. The list of saltwater species just in the Gulf seems infinite.

Gulf of Mexico inshore species

Bagre marinus – Gafftopsail catfish

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Paralichthys lethostigma – Southern flounder

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Pogonias cromis – Black drum

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Sciaenops ocellatus – Red drum (Redfish)

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Archosargus probatocephalus – Sheepshead

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Elops saurus – Ladyfish

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Cynoscion nebulosus – Spotted seatrout (Speckled trout)

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Cynoscion arenarius – Sand sea trout (White trout)

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Bairdiella chrysoura – American silver perch

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Lutjanus griseus – Gray snapper (Mangrove snapper)

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Lagodon rhomboides – Pinfish

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Orthopristis chrysoptera – Pigfish

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Synodus foetens – Inshore lizardfish

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Centropomus undecimalis – Common snook

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Lobotes surinamensis – Atlantic tripletail

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Caranx hippos – Crevalle Jack

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Fundulus grandis Gulf killifish

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Fundulus similis Longnose killifish

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Gulf of Mexico offshore species

Seriola rivoliana – Almaco jack

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Seriola dumerili – Greater amberjack

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Balistes capriscus – Gray triggerfish

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Caranx latus – Horse-eye jack

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Coryphaena hippurus – Common dolphinfish

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Lutjanus campechanus – Red snapper

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Euthynnus alletteratus – Little tunny

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Thunnus albacares – Yellowfin tuna

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