Fishing for Weakfish and Seatrout

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Weakfish

Cynoscion regalis

Other common names; Sea Trout, Squeteague, Gray Trout
Description: Streamlined body with square tail. Color is olive to bluish with many small spots. Lower jaw projects beyond the upper jaw. Upper jaw will have 2 long canine teeth.

Weakfish are found in the surf of sandy beaches , estuaries and bays, generally in water less than 30 feet deep. Juvenile weakfish feed primarily on small crustaceans such as shrimp and aquatic worms. Adults tend to feed on small fish. Weakfish tend to shy away from bright light and may not be active in the middle of the day. Ideal conditions are in the early morning or late afternoon particularly on an outgoing tide. Average size : 1/2 to 8 pounds
Largest Expected Size - 20 pounds
Natural Baits bloodworms, clams, squid, peeler crabs,bunker
Artificial lures: bucktail jigs and metallic spoons.
Use 8 to 15 pound line , When fishing with natural bait the bail should be open to allow fish to run with the bait. Close the bail to allow the fish to set the hook. Use care in reeling the fish in to prevent tearing the hook out of the mouth.

Spotted Seatrout

Cynoscion nebulosus

Other common names Speck,Spotted Weakfish
Description : Similar in appearance to the weakfish. Grayish silver back with distinct round black dots with lighter halos on side. Lower jaw projects beyond the upper jaw. . Upper jaw will have 2 long canine teeth. Black dots on caudal and rear dorsal fins. Generally found in the surf in winter and early spring.
Average size is 1 1/2 to 4 pounds
Largest expected size : 17 pounds
Natural Baits: Live shrimp, finger mullet.