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Speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus), also known as spotted seatrout. It is a common catch in the coastal waters of the southeastern United States.
Actually, the speckled seatrout doesn't belong to the trout family, but to the drum family, like the red fish and the black drum. Speckled trout can grow up to 20-36 inches in length and 3-18 pounds in weight.
Speckled trout are found in the Gulf of Mexico and are a common catch in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. They also inhabit the costas of South and North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Further north they are rare.
Speckled trout feed on shrimp, crustaceans and small fish. They can be targeted with live bait, plugs, mirror lures, jigs in shallow water. Popping cork is great to fish for speckled trout in grass areas.
Spotted trout love to hang around grasflats where they ambush their prey such as bait fish, crab and shrimp. Jetties are also popular structures to look for when locating speckled trout. Other good areas for this fish are the flats, estuaries and bays.
The black drum (Pogonias cromis) is a popular saltwater species found from the Delaware Bay to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. It is abundant along the Texas coast. Juvenil fish have distinctive dark stripes, but as they grow bigger their color fades to dark gray. The largest known black drum was over 110 lb (50 kg).
The cobia (Rachycentron canadum) is distributed in warm-temperate to tropical seas (Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean). It is easily recognized by its flattened head and its dark brown body. It feeds primarily on crabs, squid, and fish.
The cobia can grow to up to 2 m (78 in) long and weigh up to 78 kg (172 lb). Cobia is a good eating fish; it has a mild, sweet taste to it.
The northern red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) is a popular fish often caught reef fishing in the Atlantic waters of Florida, Gulf of Mexico and also the Caribbean. This sought-after game fish can reach 1 m and weight up to 50lb.
The redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus), also known as red drum is one of the most sought after light tackle game fish. The fish is found in the western Atlantic Ocean from northern Mexico to the Southeast of the US. Red drum are a dark red color on the back and have a characteristic black eyespot near the tail. They feed on crabs, shrimp and mullet.
The sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) is a round gray silvery fish with dark vertical bars on the side. They are found in coastal waters along the western Atlantic, from Nova Scotia to Brazil. Southwest Florida is one of the best places to catch this species. Sheepshead can grow to 76 cm (30 in).
The tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) is a silver coloured predator who loves hunting for fish and crustaceans in lagoons, rivers, ports, estuaries and other shallow waters. They inhabit the coastal waters in the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Argentina. Tarpon can grow up to 2,5m and weigh over 150 kg (350 lb).
Captain Ted Nesti Fishing Charter
Saint Petersburg, Florida (USA)