Blue Runner


Blue Runner - Caranx crysos

*Information from FAO Species Identification Guide Western Central Atlantic*

Blue runner
Size
Maximum to about 62 cm fork length reported, but not documented; common to 35 cm fork length. All-tackle IGFA world angling record 5.05 kg.
Habitat, biology, and fisheries
A schooling species, primarily inshore, not common around reefs. Probably spawns offshore off the southeastern USA; young often found with sargassum; feeds primarily on fish (usually silvery species), shrimps, crabs, and other invertebrates. Caught with haul seines, lampara nets, purse seines, gill nets, and handlines; also caught sport fishing with rod-and-reel. Much of Florida catch used for bait; marketed fresh or salted in other localities; edibility poor to satisfactory
Distribution
Both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, in western Atlantic from Bermuda, Nova Scotia to São Paulo, Brazil, throughout the Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean including West Indies; possibly conspecific with the eastern Pacific, Caranx caballus Günther, 1868.