Scaled Sardine

Species Information

Scientific Name:Harengula jaguana
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore
Ideal Temp:
Technique:Bottom Fishing
Lure Type:Bottom Rig
World Record:
Other Names:scaled sardine, pilchard

The Scaled Sardine, Harengula jaguana, is a herring-like fish in the family Clupeidae. It is native to coastal waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, from the Gulf of Mexico (where it is known as the pilchard.

It has a solid back with dark streaks and usually a small dark spot at the upper edge of the gill plate and sometimes one located at the shoulder. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) in length but typically is little more than half that size. It is a fast-growing species, living only 12 to 18 months.

Most are found in coastal waters, inshore and nearshore. The spawn offshore. They can usually be caught with strings of wire loops known as minnow rings, sabiki rigs, or by cast netting and make excellent bait. Key predators for scaled sardines are Sailfish, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Little Tunny, Gag Grouper, Bluefish, Jacks, Yellowfin Tuna and Bluefin Tuna.

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Tampa Bays Fishing Charter  - 3/22/2018 8:30:00 AM

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Clearwater to Indian Rocks Inshore Fishing - 8/14/2021 1:51:28 PM

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tampa bay florida fishing report - 12/8/2014 9:43:35 AM

the fishing last week was great for snook! with alot of snook hooked and released. all were caught on scaled sardines the trout bite has also b (View)


fishing report from captain tony frankland - 8/22/2015 5:01:03 PM

the fishing has been great the last few days with alot of fish being caught on scaled sardines. snook redfish trout mackerel jacks and some blu (View)


Early January 2020 Fishing continues to be hot! - 1/7/2020 5:00:03 AM

The speckled trout bite has really taken off nicely the past couple of weeks. You will find a consistent bite in the deeper grass flats on high (View)


Fishing Tampa Bay - 10/27/2020 4:54:45 AM

Fishing Tampa Bay The bite is on in Tampa Bay. October has been a great month as usual for Snook Redfish Trout and Big Jacks to bend rods and p (View)