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Spotted sea trout

By TERRY TOMALIN, Times Outdoors Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2000


Often called the state's most popular gamefish, the spotted sea trout is targeted by anglers of all ages, from kids with shrimp and popping corks, to businessmen with $1,000 fly rod outfits. You'll find these sportfish from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, in shallow seagrass beds when it is warm and in deep holes and canals when the water temperature plummets.

In recent years, however, spotted sea trout regulations have changed as frequently as the artificial lures anglers use to catch them. As of July 1, the state will be divided into two regions instead of three. The boundary will run from the Pinellas/Pasco line (near Fred Howard County Park) to the Volusia/Flagler line on the East Coast.

There will be a 15-inch minimum/20-inch maximum statewide and a daily bag limit of five fish in the North Region and four in the South. Anglers will be allowed to keep one fish bigger than the maximum. Trout season will close during February in the North Region and November and December in the South.

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