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  • Color light gray or brown
  • Large adults with elongated caudal-fin rays
  • Reddish brown spots are on sides that tend to be grouped into lines
  • Some yellow around the corners of the mouth

    Scamp are found around nearshore reefs off the northeastern coast, and on around offshore
    reefs in the Gulf.

    These fish spawn in the late spring.  Scamp feed on small fish, squid, and crustaceans.  Young
    undergo a sex transformation from female to male as they becomes older.

    State Record:
    28 lb 6 oz, caught near Mayport

    Fishing Tips and Facts:

    Additional Information:
    Scamp are similar in appearance to yellowmouth grouper, M. interstitialis.

    Grouper Saltwater Fishing Regulation

    Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
    620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
    32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676

Scamp: Mycteroperca phenax
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