Sea Mullet of North Carolina

Northern Kingfish - Menticirrhus saxatilis
Northern Kingfish – Menticirrhus saxatilis

Colloquially known as “Sea Mullet”, “Whiting”, “Virginia Mullet”, “King Croaker”, and “Kingfish”, the humble and delicious kingfish is an often targeted local drum. In fact, the kingfish is not a single species of fish, and in North Carolina, there are three common species:

Northern Kingfish
Menticirrhus saxatilis

Menticirrhus saxatilis
Northern Kingfish – Menticirrhus saxatilis

Southern Kingfish
Menticirrhus americanus

Menticirrhus americanus
Southern Kingfish – Menticirrhus americanus

Gulf Kingfish
Menticirrhus littoralis

Menticirrhus littoralis
Gulf Kingfish – Menticirrhus littoralis

To help anglers identify these fishes, we have created this identification aid:
The Kingfishes of North Carolina


More Information:

Northern Kingfish

Southern Kingfish

Gulf Kingfish

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