feeding frenzy of a school of bluefish is a display of violence
and gluttony that has no parallel in the marine world. Sport fishermen
on the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to Florida celebrate these
astonishing displays and haul in the fish they call Asnappers@ until
their arms wear out. Bluefish also inhabit waters off the east coast
of South America, from the Azores to Portugal and south to the Cape
of Good Hope in Africa, and in the Mediterranean and Black seas.
As in all extremely active predators, the digestive enzymes of bluefish
are powerful and the meat will spoil quickly, so part of the ritual
of fishing for snapper blues is cooking them right away on shore-side
barbecues or frying pans. Snapper blues are juveniles, usually weighing
no more than three pounds, but the more independent adults can grow
to twenty pounds or more.