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

Paralichthys lethostigma – Southern flounder

Pogonias cromis – Black drum

Sciaenops ocellatus – Red drum

Archosargus probatocephalus – Sheepshead

Elops saurus – Ladyfish

Cynoscion nebulosus – Spotted seatrout

Cynoscion arenarius – Sand sea trout (White trout)


Bairdiella chrysoura – American silver perch

Lutjanus griseus – Gray snapper (Mangrove snapper)

Lagodon rhomboides – Pinfish

Synodus foetens – Inshore lizardfish

Centropomus undecimalis – Common snook

Gulf of Mexico offshore species

Seriola rivoliana – Almaco jack

Seriola dumerili – Greater amberjack

Balistes capriscus – Gray triggerfish

Caranx latus – Horse-eye jack

Caranx hippos – Crevalle Jack


Coryphaena hippurus – Common dolphinfish

Lutjanus campechanus – Red snapper

Euthynnus alletteratus – Little tunny

Thunnus albacares – Yellowfin tuna

Thunnus atlanticus – Blackfin tuna


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