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Can be found from Florida to south America, throughout the tropical American Atlantic. The colors may vary from orangish to reddish-yellow with small streaks on the head. They attain weights of 25-30 lbs. They are strong fighters on light tackle and can be taken on natural baits or small lures fished or slowly trolled near the bottom. Normally associated with reefs, wrecks, holes, and channels, they are nevertheless occassionally found on the flats and can be caught there by fly fishing. They also can be lured to the surface and caught on a fly. This is an excellent eating fish.

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