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Bluefish

Bluefish
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Also known as:

Chopper

Choppers

Elf

Shad

Marine piranha

Skipjack

Tailer

Tailor

Common Group Name:

Bluefishes

Family Name:

Pomatomidae

Genus Name:

Pomatomus

Species Name:

Pomatomus saltatrix


Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp teeth of bluefish when handling them. The eating qualities of these fish are greatly improved if they are killed immediately by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding. Smaller bluefish can also be killed humanely by cervical dislocation (breaking the neck).


Fish Description:

  • Bluefish are greenish to bluish above and silvery below.
  • Juvenile bluefish grow to around 15 cm (6 inches) in 1 year, and both sexes mature at 2 to 3 years old at around 30 cm (12 inches) long.
  • A 60 cm (24 inch) tailor is likely to be 5-6 years old, and the maximum age is around 9 years old.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species is widely distributed in tropical and warm temperate waters of most oceans.
  • Juvenile bluefish frequent estuaries while schools of adults frequent inshore waters and can be found offshore to depths of up to 200 meters.

Fish Size Common Length:

Common between 30-60 cm (12-24 inches), maximum size around 120 cm (48 inches) and 14 kg (30 lb).