OTHER NAMES: Round Scad,
Hardtail, Cigarfish, Chuparaco
RANGE: All Florida coasts, the
Bahamas and Caribbean.
HABITAT: Large schools are
widespread in the Gulf and Atlantic, from near the beaches to well
DESCRIPTION: As the name suggests,
the body is cigar-shaped. The tail is forked and scutes are present.
Small black spots are present along the lateral line. Color is dull gray
or tan with whitish underside.
SIZE: Under a foot; averages 6-8
FOOD VALUE: Used as bait, not food.
GAME QUALITIES: None.
TACKLE AND BAITS: Although anglers
purchase most of their Cigar Minnows in fresh or frozen state, they can
be caught on Sabiki rigs, a series of tiny hooks that are sometimes
dressed with nylon filaments, although Glass Minnows will just as
readily take the plain hooks. This rig can be purchased at tackle shops
or put together by the angler. A sinker is fixed to the end of the
string of hooks. A stout rod and fairly heavy line will make things
easier, since no sport is involved, and since the sinker may have to be
rather heavy, depending on the depth at which the Cigar Minnows, spotted
by sonar, are hanging.
FISHING TECHNIQUES: Drifting; Still