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 White Grunt
(Haemulon plumieri)


 Distribution & Size

White Grunt (Haemulon plumieri) has a body color light bluish-gray, head with horizontal blue stripes, white underbelly; black blotch on preopercle; margin of each scale bronze; large bright orange mouth; scales above lateral line larger than scales below lateral line.

 General Information

Found from the SHORE to the outer reef edge or on OFFSHORE hard bottom to 115 feet; most abundant in water less than 80 feet deep; juveniles INSHORE.

 Tackle & Bait

Fish makes an audible grunting is produced by grinding of the pharyngeal teeth, with air bladder acting as amplifyer; spawning occurs on OFFSHORE hard bottoms or reefs from May through June; feeds on crustaceans, mollusks and small fishes. Very common around the reefs of Johns Pass. Captured using small fish baits. Usually size fish are around 1 to 2 lbs.

 Eating Qualities

Good

 State Limits & Regulations

Florida State Record is a massive 15lb 8oz caught near Key West.

Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
None None None None

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