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Life Cycle:

Southern kingfish reach sexual maturity by one year. At that age, the males are approximately 5.3 inches long, while females are substantially larger, at a length of about 7.5 inches. Spawning takes place from April to October.


Seasonal.  Deeper water in the winter and surf zones in the summer.

Fishing Tips: 

Southern kingfish feed primarily on benthic invertebrates, including shrimps, mole crabs, and other small crustaceans. They also eat clams and small fish. Whiting use the chin barbel to locate prey on the bottom. Larvae feed on zooplankton. Ultra light tackle will work fine.  Cast only need to be to the back edge of the waves.

Food Value:

 Mild flavor somewhat bony


No limit

1-2 pounds is about max

No closed season