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Saltwater Fish - Sand Seatrout

Sand Seatrout

Cynoscion arenarius

Distinguishing Markings:

Pale body color, yellow above, silver to white below; one or two prominent canine teeth usually at the tip of the upper jaw.  Inside of mouth is yellow; no well-defined black spots on back; 10 to 12 soft rays in anal fin; no chin barbels.

 

Size: 

Usually less than a pound, up to a foot long

 

Distribution:

Gulf of Mexico species that may occur in the Atlantic waters of extreme south-eastern Florida

 

Habitat:

Adults predominantly found inshore residing in bays and inlets but may move offshore during winter months; young occur inshore in shallow bays.

 

Food Preference:

Feeds mainly on small fish and shrimp

 

Spawning:

Prolonged inshore spawning season extends through spring and summer;

 

Fishing Tips:

Cast lures, flies, spoons, surface plugs, swimming plugs and jigs.  Use live bait such as crab, shrimp, and minnows.

 

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