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Sand Seatrout: Cynoscion arenarius

Appearance:

Also known as white trout.

  • Body is pale with a tan or yellowish back, fading to a silver or white belly
  • Pair of large canine teeth at tip of upper jaw
  • Inside of mouth is yellow
  • 10-12 soft anal fin rays
  • Lacks dark spots on back and barbels on lower jaw

Similar Species: Silver seatrout, C. nothus (more silvery color and smaller size); silver perch, B. chrysoura (has chin pores and lacks canine teeth); and weakfish, C. regalis (upper sides have wavy lines of small, irregular spots) 

Size: Usually less than 15 inches (1 pound)

Habitat:

Coastal waters over sand bottoms in the Gulf of Mexico (rare in Atlantic waters)

Behavior:

Mature during their first or second year. They have a prolonged inshore spawning season that extends through the spring and summer. Feeds mainly on small fish and shrimp.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations

 


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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