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Spotted Seatrout: Cynoscion nebulosus

Appearance:

Also known as speckled trout.

  • Back is dark gray or green, fading to a silvery or white belly
  • Several black spots on back extend to dorsal fins and tail
  • Pair of large canine teeth at tip of upper jaw
  • Lack barbels on lower jaw

Similar Species: Weakfish, C. regalis (has irregular wavy lines instead of spots)

Size: Up to 39 inches (17 pounds); common to 14 inches

Habitat:

Coastal waters over sand bottoms or seagrass beds

Behavior:

Spawning occurs inshore from March through November. Move into deeper, still waters during colder months.  Feed on baitfish, mullet, shrimp and crabs.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 17 lb 7 oz, caught near Ft. Pierce

Fishing Tips and Facts: Free-line live shrimp or small pinfish or pigfish (grunts) near the bottom to entice trout out of grass-bed holes. Attaching a float will allow these baits to drift over the grass beds as you search for trout. Casting with soft-bodied jigs, top-water poppers and spoons can be effective. Trout are very delicate, so returning unwanted or illegal fish promptly to the water is necessary to maintain a healthy population. Spotted seatrout are a good eating fish.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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