Spotted Sea Trout Description: East Central Florida is home to the largest spotted seatrout in the world. After entanglement netting was constitutionally banned in Florida, seatrout have rebounded back to healthy numbers and sizes that we haven't seen since the early 1980's. Seatrout are an aggressive fish that will strike anything from topwater artificials, spoons, jigs, livebait and various fly patterns.
Where Spotted Sea Trout Are Found: INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and sandy bottoms. Winter time fishing in deeper waters with well defined thermoclines produce plentiful numbers of fish. We find that seatrout stage close to their winter holes on the flats between cold spells. Live bait works great for winter trout as they are usually less agressive and want to test the baits alot before they commit to a strike. Recent winters have produced many trout in excess of 30 inches and we are looking forward to many more successful trout seasons ahead.
Florida Record Spotted Sea Trout: 15lb., 6 ozs.
Seatrout are often refered to as gator trout when they are large (over 6 pounds). Lagooner charters specialize in finding and catching large seatrout in shallow water areas. Here are some facts about these gamefish:
Matures during first or second year and spawns INSHORE from March through November; often in association with seagrass beds; lives mainly in estuaries and moves only short distances; adults feed mainly on shrimp and small fish.
Sebastian Inlet Gator Trout
Girl with Stringer of Trout
Seatrout On Fly
Banana River Trout
Indian River Gator Trout
Stringer of Big Seatrout
Florida Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Banana River Sea Trout
Gator Trout in the Banana Lagoon
Florida Spotted Sea Trout Regulations:
Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person. 4 per harvester per day South Region
5 per harvester per day N.E. and N.W. Regions.
Season Closure: Nov. & Dec. S. Region / Feb. N.E. and N.W.
Gator sized Spotted Sea Trout are caught abundantly in East Central Florida. Once known as the Seatrout capital of the world, Cocoa Beach is now regaining it's position as the world's leader in large oversized Spotted Sea Trout again. Commercial interest with inshore netting decimated the fishery prior to the 1980's and it's returned with a boom.
While large Gator sized trout as their called when they exceed 20 inches, it's more often that you catch the normal 15-20 inch trout on the deep clear flats, but if you get a good guide and fish during the winter and spring you'll often exceed 30 inches and have a fish to hang on the wall. Spotted sea trout are fun to catch and great fish for anyone who wants to have a great day of fishing on the inshore waters around Florida.
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