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Atlantic Croaker

Atlantic Croaker

Atlantic Croaker

Life Cycle: Mature croakers spawn in offshore waters through the fall and winter.

Migration: Fall and winter find the croaker offshore in waters up to 300 feet deep.

Fishing Tips: Croakers are available from May to September.  They like areas with runoff which churns the bottoms stirring up their primary prey of shrimp and small crabs.  Light tackle with shrimp fished on the bottom will take croaker.  The largest hook should be no more than 1/0.  A croaker over 1 lb. is a trophy.   Live croakers make excellent trout bait.

Food Value:  Very good but bony.

Regulations: None