- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.
Silver seatrout (Cynoscion)
Silver seatrout are a relatively small fish with a short snout, small head and mouth and large eyes. There are one or two large canine teeth on the tip of the upper jaw; this and other characteristics cause many anglers to confuse it with the spotted seatrout. However, the silver seatrout lacks the distinctive black spotting. Coloration is greenish or brownish on the back and silver on the side and belly. Faint diagonal lines may be present on the upper body. There are two dorsal fins; the first is tall, pointed and short in length, and the second long and narrow. The tail fin is unforked and shaped like a broom, with the lower half longer than the upper half.
The main dietary components of silver seatrout are fish and crustaceans, mainly shrimp.
Silver seatrout are a western Atlantic species that are found from Maryland to Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico, where they are most abundant.
Silver seatrout are mainly an offshore species, more so than the closely related sand seatrout. There is conflicting evidence regarding their winter migratory habits, with some studies suggesting they remain in the deep sea and others suggesting they move inshore during the winter months. Most experts agree with the latter, though it is possible there is truth to both theories.
They are found in waters between 50 and 86 F, with a preference for waters above 77 F. They also prefer sandy or mud bottoms.
- Silver seatrout are so closely related to sand seatrout that researchers have trouble distinguishing between the two species eggs.
- Silver seatrout are the smallest of the seatrouts.