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Also known as:

Common sea robin


Common Group Name:

Searobins Gurnards

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Species Name:

Prionotus carolinus

Dispatch Method:

When handling searobins beware of the sharp spines on the opercula and body surface. This species has a strong skull and can be tolerant of air exposure. They can be humanely killed by a firm knock to the head. Iki jime can be attempted if the angler has access to a suitably robust iki jime spike.

Fish Description:

  • The Northern searobin has a distinctive broad spiny head, tapering body and large, wing-like pectoral fins.
  • The dorsal surface is usually reddish or grayish, and the fins reddish-brown with pale to yellow or white edges.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species occurs in estuaries and inshore waters of the north western Atlantic from Nova Scotia in Canada south to Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico.

Fish Size Common Length:

Common between 12-16 inches, maximum size around 18 inches.