Maturity at: 80 cm in length
Max Published Size: 190 cm and 176 pounds
TnT Record: 90 pounds (unofficial)
TnT Season: Year round
IUCN status: Least concern
General Information: Adults found in deep reefs, wrecks, oil riggs and any major structure, usually between 70 and 200 ft; sometimes can enter coastal bays. They feed primarily on fish such as the bigeye scad, also on invertebrates. Small juveniles associate with floating plants or debris in oceanic and offshore waters. Juveniles can form small schools or stay solitary. Eggs are pelagic. Utilized fresh and frozen; eaten pan-fried, broiled and baked. Reported to cause ciguatera in some areas.
Photo courtesy Richard Parkinson