Trout, Speckled Trout, Speck
All Florida coasts.
Spotted Sea Trout can be caught in virtually any of Florida's inshore
waters, from the outside surf to far up coastal rivers, and, at times,
in fairly deep Gulf water. Most commonly caught from spring through fall
on shallow grassy flats and in grass-lined channels and holes. During
cold snaps, they run for up coastal rivers.
Streamlined shape; large mouth with prominent canine teeth; color gray
or silvery with many prominent black spots on sides. Background may be
quite dark, or gold, when fish are in back bays or streams.
Usually 1-2 pounds; common on both coasts to about four pounds. Largest
fish, both in average size and maximum size, come from East Central
region, where fish to 10 pounds are taken at times and where potential
is to 15 pounds or more. Gulf Coast trout are considered large at 5-8
pounds, but can top 10. World record 17 pounds, 7 ounces.
: 17 pounds, 7 ounces
being a member of the Drum family, these are considered to be quite
Not exceedingly strong or active, but a hard striker on a variety of
baits and quite sporty on light gear. Showy, surface-thrashing fighter
but not a long runner. Sometimes jumps.
TACKLE AND BAITS:
Spinning, bait casting and fly tackle are
all effective and sporting. Best natural baits are live shrimp, live
baitfish and strips of cut Mullet or Pinfish. Most popular lures are
bait-tail jigs, swimming plugs and topwater plugs. Poppers are
productive fly rod lures over the flats; large streamers work in all
Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing.