Seatrout is one of the most popular gamefish of Florida and ranges
from New York through the Gulf of Mexico.
It is a sturdy
fish with an elongated, streamlined body. The mouth is large with a
larger lower jaw and an upper jaw with two prominent canine teeth.
The dorsal fin is divided by a deep notch. The Spotted Seatrout is
silvery in color with olive green tints on the back. It has a
lateral line which runs from just behind the gills to the tail, above
which are numerous black spots which extend onto the second half of the
prefers water temperatures in the 65 to 75 degree F. range. They can
be found in just about any inshore or near shore waters. From the
surf and jetties, grass flats and shell banks to inland coastal
rivers. The average fish ranges in size from 14" to 20"
and can weigh from about a pound up to five pounds. Larger fish can
be found and the world record is 17 pounds 7 ounces.
Seatrout is a good quality seafood and is a favorite dish for many
people. It is targeted by commercial fishing as well as sportfishing
and equipment for catching these trout are widely varied. You can
use spinning gear, baitcasting gear or flyfishing gear. They can be
caught by still fishing, casting or drifting, from shore, bridge or boat.
Live shrimp is
the bait of choice for most trout fishing, however if you are going for a
trophy size fish live small fish are a better choice. These are
usually fished below a popping cork. Dead bait such as mullet strips,
shrimp and pinfish can be fished much the same way as live bait.
which take numerous trout can include silver or gold spoons, plastic tail
grubs, bucktail jigs and plugs. Fly fishermen use a variety of
popping bugs and streamer flies.
hit with a strong force and the first instinct is to set the hook hard.
Don't do it! They have a relatively soft mouth which tears
easily. Set the hook gently and don't try to winch them in.
Good Luck and