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Spotted Sea Trout - Cynoscion nebulosus

Family Sciaenidae, DRUMS

Dark gray or green above, with sky-blue tinges shading to silvery and white below; numerous distinct round black spots on back, extending to the dorsal fins and tail; no barbels; no scales on the soft dorsal fin; one or two prominent canine teeth usually present at tip of upper jaw.

Similar fish: Other seatrout

Where found: INSHORE andlor NEARSHORE over grass, sand, and sandy mud bottoms; move into slow-moving or still, deep waters in cold weather.

Size: Common to 4 pounds on west coast, larger on east coast.

Remarks: Matures during first or second year and spawns INSHORE from March through November, often in associafion with seagrass beds; lives mainly in estuaries and moves only short distances; adults feed mainly on shrimp and small fish; prefers water temperatures between 58 and 81 degrees F, may be killed if trapped in shallow water during cold weather; longevity 8 to 10 years.

Florida record: 17 lbs. 7 oz