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What kind of fish is this??

Good afternoon ms, I'm hoping someone can help me identify this fish. I caught a few of them the other night and Sykes Creek off of live shrimp.

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  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,211 AG
    Looks like a silver perch. Hits like a freight train. Believe it or not, fillet up a baker's dozen and blacken them. Right tasty actually.
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  • GoonfanaticGoonfanatic Posts: 109 Deckhand
    Awesome! Thanks for your input Flash!
  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,211 AG
    Awesome! Thanks for your input Flash!

    We catch them in the rivers here in the Big Bend. They will tear up a jig and grub combo.
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  • guitarmanguitarman Posts: 270 Officer
    Local name is sugar trout.
  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,211 AG
    guitarman wrote: »
    Local name is sugar trout.

    We call them Butter fish.
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  • saltybumsaltybum Posts: 1,611 Captain
    Best dang bait for snook or gator trout too.
  • kingralphkingralph Posts: 35 Greenhorn
    Tarpon used to love them in Naples growing up...
  • gettinwetgettinwet Posts: 1,366 Officer
    Yep, those are silver perch aka sugar trout. I purposefully target them using chicken or sabiki rigs with very small gold hooks tipped with shrimp to use for bull red bait (as well as snook/gator trout). They seem to be the last bait fish around once the pinfish disappear after a couple of good cold fronts. Though they are too soft to hook in the body - so I hook them through the nose. I've never ate them before because the biggest one I've ever seen was maybe 10in long - but I bet they would make a good stew.
    There are only so many casts in life, so shut up and fish!!
  • gatorhookgatorhook Posts: 657 Officer
    Silver Perch, the net boats pick them up as bycatch along the beaches when trawling for shrimp all the time. Some days I've seen football fields of them floating behind them. They love squid tipped sabikis around structure in the sandy bottoms. Watch out for their razor sharp gillplate! They are great offshore bait if you can keep them alive.
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