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 Spotted Seatrout
(Cunoscion nebulosos)


 Distribution & Size

The Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) is found inshore and near shore over grass, sand, mud bottoms and move into slow moving deep waters in cold weather.  They are usually 1 to 2lbs in weight some being about 4lbs.  Large fish are considered to be 5 to 8lbs. 
The World and Florida record is 17lbs 7ozs caught near Ft. Pierce.

 General Information

As a fighting fish it is not exceedingly strong or active, but a hard striker.  On light gear tends to thrash about but it is not a long runner.

 Tackle & Bait

Spinning, bait casting and fly tackle are all effective methods of catching Spotted Seatrout.  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.

 Eating Qualities

A table favorite with everyone.

 State Limits & Regulations
 

Please refer to www.MyWFC.com for the latest information.


 
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