South Florida spotted seatrout season opens Jan. 1
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Media contact: Wendy Dial, 850-488-9477
The recreational harvest season for spotted
seatrout will open in southern Florida on Jan. 1. Spotted
seatrout harvest has been closed since Nov. 1 in this part of the
state to help maintain an abundant fishery.
The reopened areas include Atlantic coast waters
south of the Flagler-Volusia county line and Gulf coast waters
south of a line running due west from the westernmost point of Fred
Howard Park Causeway, which is 1.17 miles south of the
Pinellas-Pasco county line.
The maximum daily bag limit for spotted seatrout in
these areas is four fish per person. In all other Florida
waters north and west of these areas, the daily limit is five
spotted seatrout per person.
The statewide slot limit for spotted seatrout is
15-20 inches total length, and anglers may keep one spotted
seatrout larger than 20 inches as part of the daily bag limit.
Spotted seatrout may not be harvested by any
multiple hooks with live or dead natural bait, and snagging or
snatch-hooking spotted seatrout is not allowed. Spotted
seatrout may be taken only with hook-and-line gear and cast nets
and must be landed in whole condition.
The harvest of spotted seatrout will close during
the month of February in northeast and northwest Florida