|Gulf toadfish after being caught by hook and line|
Batrachus tau beta Goode & Bean, 1880
Gulf toadfish commonly weigh 2 to 3 pounds (0.91 to 1.36 kg). and measure 11–14 inches (28–36 cm) but smaller ones are sometimes caught weighing 0.25 pounds (110 g). measuring 4–5 inches (10–13 cm).
The Gulf toadfish is found in the Gulf of Mexico commonly inshore around bridges and structure such as pilings. They prefer shallow areas near baitfish populations.
The Gulf toadfish is an opportunistic feeder and feeds on the bottom. They prefer to be near areas supporting baitfish so that they can feed without having to travel far.
The Gulf toadfish is commonly considered a trash fish. They appear dangerous and slimy so people refrain from eating them. They will eat anglers' baits readily and prevent them from catching game fish. They will usually eat chunks of bait, especially wide baits, such as cut squid or frozen fish.
Gulf toadfish have a slimy coating on their skin that can cause physical irritation.
Gulf toadfish are hardly eaten and little is known about their flavor, but because they have toxic slime, they may be considered inedible.
- Collette, B.; Aiken, K.A. & Polanco Fernandez, A. (2015). "Opsanus beta". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2015: e.T190257A1946238. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T190257A1946238.en.