Spotted Seatrout

A large spotted seatrout caught on a Daytona Beach fishing charter

Fishing for Spotted Seatrout in Daytona Beach, Florida

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Spotted Sea Trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) are one of Florida’s most popular inshore game fish.
They are considered one of the top ten species for recreational fishing in the country including both inshore and nearshore fishing! Spotted Sea Trout are a common catch for Daytona Beach fishing guides as well as recreational fishermen fishing inshore. Spotted Sea Trout are a very good eating fish!

Spotted Sea Trout, like Redfish, are known by many different names most commonly Speckled Trout.
Other names are Specks, Spotted Weakfish, Salmon Trout, Black Trout and Winter Trout. Spotted Sea Trout exceeding 30 inches in total length and 10 pounds in weight are commonly known in Florida as Gator Trout.

Members of the Drum Family of Fishes
Like Redfish, the Spotted Sea Trout is not a member of the Trout family but of the Drum family. Their long slender bodies gives the appearance of a Trout but as we know, these misnomers are common in the world of fishing.

A Spotted Seatrout bigger than 10 pounds like this one is called a Gator Trout in Florida

Spotted Sea Trout Size
Adult Spotted Sea Trout reach 19-32 inches in length and 3-15 pounds in weight. Gator Trout, as they are known in Florida, are Spotted Sea Trout exceeding 30 inches in total lengh and 10 pounds in weight. The Florida state record for a Spotted Sea Trout is 17 lbs 7 oz, caught near Fort Pierce, Florida. Now that was a “gator trout”!

Where are Spotted Sea Trout Found?
Spotted Sea Trout are found in just about all the inshore waters we fish around Daytona Beach including the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway. We fish for Spotted Sea Trout along the mangrove lined shorelines, at the mouths of the many brackish creeks that empty into the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway, in deep holes and channels and above oyster bars.

They can also be caught nearshore, along the surf and particularly near jetties and Ponce Inlet just south of Daytona Beach. These nearshore Spotted Sea Trout often come further inshore for shelter during cold weather. Spotted Sea Trout are commonly found in saltwater estuaries throughout the southern United States along the coasts of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

Captain John of Floating Time Charters is aware of all current Florida and federal fishing regulations. Here are the latest Spotted Seatrout Fishing Regulations in Florida.

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