Weakfish

WEAKFISH (Cynoscion regalis) OTHER NAMES: Gray Trout, Northern Trout

RANGE: From North Florida, south to Cape Canaveral; stragglers perhaps to Fort Pierce on the East Coast.

HABITAT: Most fishing for Weakfish takes place in the Jacksonville area and Port Canaveral. This species prefers deeper water, as a rule, than its spotted cousin; channels, deep holes, basins and harbors.

DESCRIPTION: Silhouette similar to the spotted seatrout, but markings take the form of irregular wavy lines instead of spots. Prominent canine teeth. SIZE: Average is 1-3 pounds. Does not grow as large in Florida as in northeastern states, although fish over 5 pounds are possible. World record 19 pounds, 2 ounces; Florida record 10 pounds

. FOOD VALUE: Very good.

GAME QUALITIES: Less of a surface brawler than the Speckled Trout, but gives a good account of itself on light gear.

TACKLE AND BAITS: Spinning and baitcasting; fly fishing usually difficult. Weakfish bite best on live shrimp, but will take live baitfish and strips of fish. Best lures are jigs, worked slow and deep Croakers Combo Guide

FISHING SYSTEMS: Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing.

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