Silverside (Menidia menidia)
AKA: Atlantic silverside, spearing
Silversides are a small species of fish from the Western Atlantic, ranging from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada to northeastern Florida in USA. (They are Translucent and are similar to the glass minnow). It is one of the most common fish in the Chesapeake Bay and in the Barnegat Bay. They are a common subject of scientific research because of their sensitivity to environmental changes. The fish is about 15cm (5.9in) long, mostly silver and white.
Uses: The most popular bait for yellowtail snapper in the Florida Keys. In the mid Atlantic, spearing is an alternative bait to minnows when fluke fishing, also used to catch snapper blues (and bluefish) in the lagoons during the summer/early fall. A popular food fish for aquarium owners.