Saltwater Fishing

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Fish of the Week - Weakfish  Weakfish                    

Cynoscion regalis


  • Dark olive or blue-green back.
  • Sides covered in tones of blue, purple, lavender, gold and copper.
  • Irregular diagonal rows of vaguely defined dark spots appear above the lateral line.
  • 1 to 2 prominent canine teeth usually present at tip of upper jaw. 
  • Black margin on tip of the tongue.
  • Pelvic and anal fins yellow.
  • Pectoral fins olive on outside, yellow underneath. 

Similar Fish: Other seatrouts.

Size: To 6 pounds.

Habitat: An Atlantic coast fish, possibly found in the extreme southeastern Gulf. Adults move inshore and north during warm months inhabiting surf, inlets, bays, channels and estuaries. Adults move offshore and south during cold months. Juveniles inhabit estuaries, which serve as nurseries. 

Notes: May mature as early as 1 year. Spawns nearshore or in estuaries between April and October. Schooling fish, feeds primarily on shrimp and   other fish. 

Art © Diane Rome Peebles

From mangroves to salt marshes, Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the World." We hope you'll find the information below handy for planning your next Florida fishing trip, be it commercial or recreational.

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