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Red Drum (Red Fish) (Sciaenops ocellatus)

General Description
Iridescent silver-gray with a copper cast, darker above; one or more oscillated spots on upper sides from below soft portion of dorsal fin to base of caudal fin. Mouth inferior and horizontal, teeth set in bands on both jaws. Chin without barbels, smooth pre-opercular margin.

Average Size 
18 inches, 2.6 pounds; 
South Carolina State Record: 75 pounds (1965); 
maximum age: approx. 38 years (a few individuals as old as 60 have been reported in other states).


Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)

General Description
Dark gray above with bluish reflections. Numerous round black spots irregularly scattered on back and sides, extend to soft parts of dorsal and caudal fins. Two large canine-like teeth at tip of upper jaw, all remaining teeth small, gradually increasing in size posteriorly on lower jaw. First dorsal fin with 9 – 10 spines, second dorsal fin with one spine and 25 – 28 rays. Soft portion of dorsal fin without scales.

Average Size 
14 inches, 1.3 pounds; 
South Carolina State Record: 11 pounds, 13 ounces (1976); 
maximum age: approx. 8 – 10 years.


Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)

General Description
Body gray and nearly oval with 5 – 6 dark vertical bars and one on nape. No dark spot near origin of lateral line. Four broad incisor-like teeth on both sides of anterior jaw, several molar-like teeth also present. Dorsal fin has 12 spines and 11 soft rays. Second spine of anal fin very strong.

Average Size 
14 inches, 3 pounds; 
South Carolina State Record: 16 pounds, 6 ounces (2008); 
maximum age: approx. 25 years.


Black Drum (Pogonias cromis)

General Description
Deep-bodied, silvery-gray to dark gray with blackish fins. Young fish have 4 – 5 vertical black bars that disappear with age. Mouth inferior and horizontal, lower jaw with 10 – 13 pairs of barbels in multiple rows. Body scales large and comblike, lateral line extends to hind margin of tail fin.

Average Size 
14 inches, 2.2 pounds; 
South Carolina State Record: 89 pounds (1978); 
maximum age: approx. 60 years

Bonnethead Shark

Bonnethead shark or shovelhead (Sphyrna tiburo) is a small member of the hammerhead shark genus Sphyrna, and part of the family Sphyrnidae. It is an abundant species on the American littoral, and the only shark species known to display sexual dimorphism in the morphology of the head.

Blacktip Shark

The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a species of requiem shark, and part of the family Carcharhinidae. It is common to coastal tropical and subtropical waters around the world, including brackish habitats. Genetic analyses have revealed substantial variation within this species, with populations from the western Atlantic Ocean isolated and distinct from those in the rest of its range. The blacktip shark has a stout, fusiform body with a pointed snout, long gill slits, and no ridge between the dorsal fins. Most individuals have black tips or edges on the pectoral, dorsal, pelvic, and caudal fins. It usually attains a length of 1.5 m (4.9 ft).
 Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)

General Description
Silvery, scales large, eyes large; lower jaw projects forward of fish. Dorsal fin originates near mid-point of body; last ray on dorsal fin filamentous and very long.

Average Size 
40 – 60 inches, 40 – 60 pounds; 
South Carolina State Record: 154 pounds 10 ounces (1987); 
maximum age: approx. 50 years – possibly up to 70 years.

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