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.
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
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