Spotted Seatrout: Cynoscion nebulosus
|Regulations||Northeast zone||Northwest zone||Southeast and Southwest zones|
|Minimum Size Limit||More than 15 inches and less than 20 inches total length (may possess one over 20 inches included in bag limit)|
|Daily Bag Limit||6 per harvester per day||5 per harvester per day||4 per harvester per day|
- Allowable Gear: Hook and line; cast net
Spotted Seatrout Management Zones:
- Northwest: Escambia County through Fred Howard Park Causeway near Pasco County.
- Southwest: Fred Howard Park Causeway through Monroe County line at Card Sound.
- Southeast: Miami-Dade County at Card South through Volusia County.
- Northeast: Flagler through Nassau counties.
Habitat and Fishing Tips:
Seatrout found inshore and nearshore in and around seagrass meadows, mangrove-fringed shorelines, deep holes and channels and above oyster bars. 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.
17 lb 7 oz, caught near Ft. Pierce