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Biological Info: Fat Sleeper

Fat Sleeper

Scientific Name:
Dormitator maculatus
Common Names:
Storm Minnow
Range & Habitat:
Fat sleepers are found Gulfwide, in shallow inshore brackish and coastal fresh waters.
Identification & Biology:
This is a stumpy little fish that looks like it has too many fins for its body. The dorsal fin is distinctly divided into two parts, one spiny and the other soft. The pelvic fins are located directly beneath the pectoral fins. These can be colorful fish, especially the males. The mottled brown color is banded with darker brown, blue and green. A large blue spot is located behind the head over the pectoral fin.

These are common fish, but seldom seen by the average angler. They live on or in the bottom, quietly waiting for a meal, which they can dart out and grab surprisingly quickly. The only time of the year that their presence is noticeable is when they move in large schools on the surface in connection with winter storms, hence the name storm minnow. Knowledgeable anglers capture as many fat sleepers as they can during these hard-to-predict events. This fish may be the very best live bait available for spotted seatrout and red drum.
Averages 5-10 inches long.
Food Value:
None, as it is very small. It is an extremely
effective live bait species.

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