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Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus)

Atlantic Croaker

This bottom feeder dines on shrimp, crabs, worms, and mollusks. The Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) moves into the Chesapeake Bay in spring and leaves in the fall for the deeper, warmer waters offshore. Anglers, drift fishing or at anchor, match these foods by casting peeler crab, sea clam, shrimp, bloodworms, and squid to catch hardheads, as they are called. Occasional croakers of 3 and 4 pounds are recorded, but most are smaller. These members of the drum family make a loud croaking noise when caught.


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