Spotted Sea Trout

The Spotted Sea Trout has a streamlined shape with a large mouth and prominent canine teeth; It is gray or silvery in coloror with many noticable black spots on sides. Background may be quite dark, or gold, when fish are in back bays or streams. 

They are usually 1-2 pounds and common on both coasts to about four pounds. The largest fish, both in average size and maximum size, come from the East Central region, where fish to 10 pounds are taken at times and where potential can be 15 pounds or more. Gulf Coast trout are considered large at 5-8 pounds, but can top 10.  The record is 17 pounds, 7 ounces.


Method of Fishing - Drifting; Still Fishing; Casting

Tackle - Spinning, baitcasting and fly tackle are all effective and sporting.

Bait - 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.