Viking Village
Box 458
1801 Bayview Ave
Barnegat Light
New Jersey 08006
609-494-0113
Fax 361-9536
Viking Village
•Geographic range: Atlantic croaker are found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. 
•Habitat: This species is uncommon north of New Jersey. Adults are found on mud, sand and shell bottoms.
•Life span:Atlantic croaker can live as long as 13 years.
•Food: Extremely young croaker eat small planktonic organisms, while juveniles and adults feed on bottom organisms such as marine worms, mollusks, crustaceans, and occasionally fish.
•Growth rate: 
•Maximum size: Usually grow to 16" to 20" but can reach a maximum adult size of 2 feet total length.
•Reaches reproductive maturity: Croaker mature between the ages of one and two.
•Reproduction:  
•Spawning season: Spawning occurs offshore from July through December. 
•Spawning grounds: Spawning occurs in the Chesapeake Bay area from August through October and also off Beaufort, North Carolina near the Outer Banks.
•Migrations: In late summer the young of the year move into low salinity and freshwater creeks where they overwinter. Adult croakers move up the Chesapeake Bay and other coastal estuaries in spring and back toward the ocean in fall. They migrate south in fall and winter.
•Predators: They are eaten by many species, including striped bass, flounder, weakfish, and spotted seatrout
•Commercial or recreational interest: Both 
•Distinguishing characteristics: Upper dorsal side with numerous brassy spots that from wavy bars (less distinct in large individuals). Chin with 3-5 pairs of small barbels. Croakers make a drumming sound by vibrating their swim bladders.
{Excerpted from NOAA/NMFS Fishwatch}
     Atlantic Croakers are members of the drum family, which include spot, weakfish, red drum and black drum. Each of these fish is able to make a loud drumming or croaking sound by vibrating its swim bladder using special muscles. Atlantic croaker is the loudest of the drums. 
     This species is caught by Viking Vilage gillnet boats in late summer through early fall, although the exact timing varies from year to year.

Atlantic Croaker
 Croaker Recipe 
Pan Seared Croaker Filet
   With Sliced Yukon  Potatoes

Ingredients
     For the Fish
     2 Croaker Filets
     2 Young Yukon Potatoes
     Salt & Pepper
    
    For the Sauce
     Champagne Vinegar
     Fresh Garlic 'Confit'
     Butter
     Parsley

Directions
     (We highly recommend watching the video before attempting this recipe)
          
          Sprinkle the 'skin on' croaker filets with salt and pepper and lightly coat the filets with a melted butter wash. Slice the young Yukon potatoes very thin and arrange like scales on the skin side of the filets. Brush more of the butter wash on the potatoes and sear the filets in a hot pan with butter, sliced potato side down. Turn the filets over and sear the other side. Remove from the heat and add the above ingredients for the sauce to the pan. Place the pan back on the burner briefly to heat the sauce. Remove the filets from the pan, place on a plate, pour the remaining sauce over the filets and serve.
        
                          
Click Here...
to watch an interesting
and informative video with
 "A Little Bite of Italy's" chef, Francis Pons, preparing this Pan Seared Croaker Filet with Sliced Yukon Potatoes.