Kokosing Lover said:
The anal spines are folded down, and yeah, that is a big honking pinfish. You'll see them that big in public aquariums sometimes, but coming across them that large in the wild is pretty uncommon.
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Gypsies Call said:
So... I'll chime in... they taste good, and that one would perhaps have filets that have some meat on them... lol!
I caught one about that size at an inshore hole on the east coast once.
I planned on eating it but my friend shamed me out of it.
I should have ignored him, they're just another porgy.
Not a sea bream but my first thought as well. Lateral line running through the middle of shoulder spot makes it a pinfish, a sea bream spot would be lower, with the LL running through the top 1/3 of the spot, also they usually have more orange in their stripes as well as pelvic and anal fins. See sea bream below. Mainly an east coast species, in 30 years of pulling nets in Tampa Bay the fisheries independent monitoring program has caught 1 sea bream, and thousands (millions?) of pinfish.