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Sand Seatrout

Cynoscion arenarius

Appearance

sand sea trout

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: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Recreational Regulations