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One of Florida's Most Sought After Inshore Gamefish
Monday June 18, 2018
Technically, the spotted sea trout that live in the saltwater lagoons around Florida's coastlines are not a true trout, but a sub-species of the weakfish that many north easterner's call weakies. Florida's sea trout belong in the croaker family and typically have less oil in their flesh than their northern counterparts, but their meat is mild, delicate and flaky and is excellent eating when you treat it with care as it will often fall apart on the grill with most ending up on the fire if you don't take precautions.
There are many ways for anglers to pursue the sea trout, but one of the favorites is to put on a popping cork with a live shrimp or immataion below it and drift across the clear grassflats that border much of Florida's coast. You typically don't catch trophy sea trout with this method, but you can make up for quality with sheer quantities as some days you'll put over 100 fish in the boat if the conditions are right.
Catching quality sea trout can be done on artificials and live baits, with live bait producing the lions share of the biggest trout. Trout will bite top waters readily and numerous subsurface lures from softbaits to spoons, in my experience the presentation makes the difference on the bite. Big trout can be very spooky in shallow water and long cast with subtle lures seem to get the best results. If you want topwater action, you might try using some of the jerkbaits without a weight and very light line (6 pound or less) to get the distance to cast beyond the fish and bring the lure into the where they are.
For myself, live baiting sea trout with some sort of finfish allways produces the biggest trout. Try using pilchards or finger mullet and if you can't get them, pigfish, small croakers or pinfish can work well if you can keep them out of the weeds with a cork (use a low profile cork as they often spook some of the bigger fish).
After the Net Ban in 1992, the sea trout fishing has sprung back to life and is on it's way to recovery if we take care of Florida's shallow water lagoons and sea grass beds. East Central Florida was once known as the Sea Trout Capital of the World and many world records are held there. If it's big Florida sea trout you want... Give us a shout and we'll do our best to put you on the bite.
When is The Best Times to Fish for Sea Trout?
Probably the best time for sea trout in east central Florida is during the late winter or early spring when the trout are ready to spawn. The fish have moved out from their winter haunts and prior to the spawn they are hungry and chauking up the calories for the big event. The winter months have less food source and trout are naturally hungry anyways, it's a great time to put a morsel of food infront of them and watch it happen. Spawning sea trout also congregate in schools to spawn and are competative and less shy when spawning. One great thing about the trout is that they feed pre- post- and during the spawning event so you generally don't have any down time during this time period.
Are they Speckled or Spotted Sea Trout in Florida
Growing up on the Indian and Banana River Lagoons as a young boy, I was told the name of Florida's sea trout was speckled sea trout. As I grew older I came to a realization (with the assistance of others) that "speckled" was more of a Florida Cracker term that rednecked fisherman used than an educated man like myself should use. After all, I didn't want to be made an example out of from Larry the Cable Guy or Jeff Foxworthy.
You know you're a redneck if... You call a sea trout speckled instead of spotted. After going to college, I couldn't relapse into my old redneck uneducated ways and say "speckled" it had to be "spotted". Heck! many of my angling friends just called them specks, not to be confused with speckled perch or crappie, but I'm not gonna open up that can-o-worms. The Florida Wildlife Commision has them listed on their website as Spotted, and several scientific ichtheology websites have them listed as croakers (some rednecks call them grunts, but we won't go there either).
Whether you call them speckled or spotted, it really doesn't matter and I don't think anyone really cares one way or another, especially the sea trout. But then again those Yankees up north call them weakfish.... We'll have to visit this one again on another day. Weakfish! hmmm...
As always I look forward to hearing from many of you soon, if you need to contact Captain Gina and settup a charter please call her at (321) 868-4953 or just fill out the form on the left.
East Central Florida is home to the largest spotted seatrout in the world. After entanglement netting was constitutionally banned in Florida, seatrout have rebounded back to healthy numbers and sizes that we haven't seen since the early 1980's. Seatrout are an aggressive fish that will strike anything from topwater artificials, spoons, jigs, livebait and various fly patterns.
INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and sandy bottoms. Winter time fishing in deeper waters with well defined thermoclines produce plentiful numbers of fish. We find that seatrout stage close to their winter holes on the flats between cold spells. Live bait works great for winter trout as they are usually less aggressive and want to test the baits a lot before they commit to a strike. Recent winters have produced many trout in excess of 30 inches and we are looking forward to many more successful trout seasons ahead.
Seatrout are often referred to as gator trout when they are large (over 6 pounds). Lagooner charters specialize in finding and catching large seatrout in shallow water areas. Here are some facts about these gamefish:
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.
Some Trout Pictures:
Sebastian Inlet Gator Trout
Girl with Stringer of Trout
Seatrout On Fly
Banana River Trout
Indian River Gator Trout
Stringer of Big Seatrout
Florida Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Banana River Sea Trout
Gator Trout in the Banana Lagoon
Not less than 15" or more than 20" (statewide) except one fish over 20" per person. 4 per harvester per day South Region 5 per harvester per day N.E. and N.W. Regions.
Season Closure: Nov. & Dec. S. Region / Feb. N.E. and N.W.
15lb., 6 ozs.
Florida Sea Trout Fishing
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: October 20 2016 16:06:40.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
June - 2018 Fishing Report
June - 2018 Fishing Forecast
June of 2018 is looking to be a hot summer with hot fishing off of East Central Florida near Cocoa Beach. Orlando visitors should anticipate the warm weather and great fishing that coastal and offshore fishing provides in the warm Atlantic Ocean this time of year. Last year in 2017 we saw many tarpon exceeding 100 pounds caught off the Brevard County beaches along with a good amount of sharks, king mackerel and really big Jack Crevelle that kept things interesting. Looking forward to this year's forecast on the Space Coast remember that the coastal waters along the Atlantic seaboard and Ocean will probably be the most productive fishing during the month of June and as we look in to August the ocean will look to be the most inviting destination for anglers in the heat of the Central Florida Summer.
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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.
Captain Richard was great company on the boat. He's a blast to hang out with and will glady joke around with everyone. When it came to the fishing it was a tough day to start but we were able to find a school of drummer fish. He was able to spot a school of fish from his boat which was pretty cool. We caught a good 20-25 lb black drumfish which made the whole trip worth it. For sure recommend captain Richard.
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