(Illustration © Diane Rome Peebles)
Identification & Features
The spotted seatrout has prominent canine teeth. Like other fish of the family Sciaenidae, the spotted seatrout has an elongated soft dorsal fin that has no scales; it is separated from the spinous dorsal fin by a deep notch. It usually has two anal spines and the lateral line extends to the tip of the caudal fin. The back has distinct spots scattered on it, including on the dorsal and caudal fins. Unlike some other members of the family Sciaenidae, the spotted seatrout does not have any chin barbels. In stained water, this fish's background may take on a golden hue.
Like all members of the drum family, mature males make a "drumming" sound to attract females during the spawning season. Spotted seatrout have a long spawning season from spring through summer.
Small trout eat large amounts of shrimp and other crustaceans. As trout become larger, their diet shifts toward fish, the larger, the better. Studies in Texas and Mississippi show that really big trout strongly prefer to feed on mullet; a large trout will find the largest mullet it can handle and try to swallow it. Often the mullet is half or two-thirds as large as the trout.
The average size of spotted seatrout is 0.5-1.0 kg (1-2 lb), but in most areas fish up to 2.5 kg (5 lb) are fairly common. 3.5-4.5 kg (8-10 lb) fish are rare. The world record is 7.9 kg (17 lb 7 oz).
Hook Styles: 181, 139
Hook Styles: L1, L2, L3, L669, L197, L2004, L2004EL, L2005, L2007B, L2011S, L2020, L2022, L2013BM, L2045, L7228BP, L8197
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