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Old 01-22-2008, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default What are the Florida regulations for Trout (White and Speckled)

Hi all,

I'm trying to determine what the "official" word is, on the regs in Florida for White and Speckled trout. I've read the current regs and I don't see any mention of White Trout. I do see Speckled Sea Trout, is this the same as "Speckled Trout"? I also see "weakfish", which some folks claim is the same as white trout, but I'd like to be sure.

The reason for this, is that I've been catching lot's of white trout lately and have also noticed through the posts, that others have been catching them as well. If I am reading the current regs right, using "Speckled Sea Trout" and "Weakfish" as the categories, then my catches have been over the limit and I think many others have been as well.

I have a hard time beliving that the limit for white trout is only 4 per person (the Weakfish limit). or 5 per person for Specks (the Speckled Sea Trout limit). It just seems that unless you come home with a dozen or so trout, it's hardly worth the effort to fish them to provide a meal. It would be strictly catch and release.

Anyway, would someone please set me straight on this? :banghead

Thanks, Mudbug
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:31 PM   #2
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Default RE: What are the Florida regulations for Trout (White and Speckled)

White Trout do not have limits on them.
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:14 PM   #3
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Yes you are right on the spotted sea trout being speckled trout, one in the same.

As for white trout, there is no limit on them. No there are not the same as weak fish. The "official" name, if you will, of white trout is Sand Trout.

I am not 100% sure but I don't think we have weak fish up this way.

Hope this helps. Oh and by the way I am no expert and make no gaurantees (sp?) I have had a few beers.
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Yes, Spotted Sea trout is the sameas 'Speckled trout'.

NO limits on 'white trout' (really silver or sand seatrout).

Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis), also known as gray trout is an Atlantic species (only RARELY seen in the Gulf)

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Old 01-22-2008, 10:58 PM   #5
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No limits on silver trout.

Speckled trout limits differ from region to region.Our region here in the Northwest is 5 fish.(15in.-20in.) and one of those five fish can be larger than 20in.
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ask Joe Z?
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:43 AM   #7
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I'm going with a bag limit of 712 or a combined length of 82 feet, whichever is less.

Ask Chris Phillips, he's an expert.
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spotted seatrout "specs" are closed for the month of february in both the N.E. & N.W. regions...
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I thought there was a post somewhere that said any fish that was not listed had a 2 fish limit or 200 lbs whichever one was greater:doh
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