Speckled Trout

Do you want to improve your chances of catching fish? How would you like to learn some Florida trout fishing tips and techniques that will find you more fish, and get you more bites? Whether you are just beginning or want to improve your skills, I believe you can master these techniques and find yourself catching more fish on that next fishing trip. Not only will you learn what works, but how you can prepare your catch for dinner with recipes that are simple and taste great.

Hi, I am Captain Dave Spitnale and I have prepared some tips that will ultimately help you land more sea trout. How do I know these tips work? Well it is because I use them on every fishing trip and they work. I have fished from Texas to Florida along the Gulf Coast focusing on Sea Trout, Redfish and Snook. Every trip will be an exciting adventure once you learn to apply these techniques.

The Speckled Trout has several names. They are called speckled trout, sea trout, and simply trout. To the angler with a trout on the end of his line, the speckled trout is a welcomed sight. Their appearance helps them blend to their background depending on where the predator is in relationship to this fish. He has shades of green and grey with hits of purple or blue when the light hits him just right. His lower portion is white and slightly silvery. In addition he has prominent round black spots located on his back extending to his tail and are also found on his fins. 

They look more like fangs. Depending on the location you catch this fish his shading will differ slightly. Those caught in backwaters or rivers will tend to have a darker shading and those in clearer water will have a lighter shading to them.

Florida Fish and Wildlife indicates the common size as being “4 pounds on the west coast, and larger on the east coast.” I think that the trout in Southwest Florida are more realistic about 2 pounds. Don’t be disappointed, that is still a nice fish. I have seen less than 3 pound trout win tournaments in Homosassa, at the annual Big Fish Tournament in June.

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*Florida Record: 15 lbs., 6 ozs. (State record information obtained from Florida Fish and Wildlife)  Florida Fish and Wildlife