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Ribbonfish are certainly not the most handsome of fish. Long, thin and toothy, many saltwater anglers actually mistake these prehistoric looking creatures for eels or a strange breed of sea snake. However, they are in fact a fish, Atlantic cutlassfish to be exact. Common in bays and other inshore waters, ribbonfish's primary habitats are the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic.
Ranging throughout nearly all coastal waters between New England and South America, these scaleless, silver-skinned strips of flesh and bone have become immensely popular as baitfish among competitive kingfish anglers. Most frequently encountered in inlets and passes at 18 to 30 inches, Atlantic cutlassfish will often reach four feet in length and weigh in excess of five pounds. The current world record is just over eight pounds.
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