Diane Rome Peebles
Rodbender Fishing Charters.
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Captain Scott K. Green
4122 Via Piedra Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
SPOTTED SEATROUT - Cynoscion nebulosus
Family Sciaenidae, DRUMS
Description: dark gray or green above, with sky-blue
tinges shading to silvery and white below;
numerous distinct round black spots on back,
extending to the dorsal fins and tail; no
barbels; no scales on the soft dorsal fin; one or
two prominent canine teeth usually present at
tip of upper jaw.
Similar fish: other seatrout.
Where found: INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand, and
sandy mud bottoms; move into slow-moving or still, deep waters in cold weather.
Size: common to 4 pounds on west coast, larger on east coast.
Remarks: 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; prefers water temperatures between 58 and 81 degrees F, may be killed if trapped in shallow
water during cold weather; longevity 8 to 10 years.
Florida record: 15 lbs., 6 ozs.