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^^^what he said...if you've been to Florida and caught what the locals call a 'whiting', you actually caught the very close relative (and spitting image), southern kingfish...but they can't call them kingfish down there because that's what Floridians call king mackerel...lol

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I've heard Northern Kingfish also called Minkfish, King Whiting, Sea Mullet, Roundheads,  and Northern Whiting.

 

They they are in the Drum family - along with Weakfish, Atlantic Croaker, Red Drum & of course Black Drum.

 

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Interesting.  I was scratching my head when I saw that was a northern kingfish because when I fished the outer banks a kingfish was a much different and toothier fish so I had to look it up.  A ‘southern’ and ‘northern’ kingfish are a totally different fish than a kingfish. Thanks for posting

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17 mins ago, greenhornet73 said:

Interesting.  I was scratching my head when I saw that was a northern kingfish because when I fished the outer banks a kingfish was a much different and toothier fish so I had to look it up.  A ‘southern’ and ‘northern’ kingfish are a totally different fish than a kingfish. Thanks for posting

You’re thinking of king mackerel.

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13 hours ago, greenhornet73 said:

when I fished the outer banks a kingfish was a much different and toothier fish so I had to look it up.

On the OBX Northern and Southern kingfish are called Sea Mullet so as not to confuse them with King Mackerel, as Mako said.

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The regional differences in common fish names can get awfully confusing. Sometimes i think we should just stick to the Latin species designations. :wee:

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14 hours ago, greenhornet73 said:

Yep, kind of like some people where I live call walleye pike 

if memory serves, the true name for walleye is walleyed pike... 

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Up here we have northern pike and since walleyes are in the perch family when someone refers to a pike it is more likely to be referring to a ‘northern’.  There is really no similarity to northern pike and walleyes I’m terms of bone structure, fishing techniques or taste so there is really no reason to call them a pike unless there are no ‘northerns’ in that particular body of water but still causes confusion.  It’s like calling crappie a ‘calico’ bass even though they are not similar to a black bass(largemouth, smallmouth, spotted) but all in the sunfish family in this case.

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Wrong info

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