Saturday, February 13, 2010

Atlantic Croaker

Atlantic Croaker or "hardhead" are popular saltwater fish common along the mid-Atlantic region and Gulf Coast of the USA. They are known to have wild population fluctuations.

The fish get their names because of the "croaking" noise the make when removed from the water. Croakers are hard fighters and prolific feeders. They are caught on a variety of baits and lures.

Croaker are a popular fish due to their hardy nature, accessibility and prolific numbers. They are among the first fish to be caught in the spring and are caught over a wide range of habitats. Croaker can be caught from piers, jetties, inlets, in bays and from the surf.

Croaker baits include shrimp, crabs, squid, cut fish, bloodworms and more. Anglers also have excellent success using artificial bait products. In addition to cut baits, croaker are caught on a variety of jigs and other saltwater lures. They can also be caught in in the shallows and grassbeds using fly fishing gear.

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