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SILVER SEATROUT

Silver Seatrout are most common over sand or sandy mud bottoms offshore along both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida.  They migrate into bays during cold months.

SCIENTIFIC NAME:  Cynoscion Nothus

SPECIES IN THE FAMILY:  Atlantic Croaker,  Black Drum, Red Drum (Redfish), Sand Seatrout, Silver Seatrout, Spotted Seatrout, Silver Perch (Yellowtail), Weakfish

IDENTIFICATION

  • The Silver Seatrout is characterized by its sleek body, two large teeth and an oversized mouth.
  • Markings consist of a light gray or silver top and a even more silvery or white bottom.

NOTE:  "Sand Seatrout" and "Silver Seatrout" are oftentimes difficult to distinguish between. The best way to be certain which one is which, is to count the anal fin rays. Silver Seatrout have 9 rays, Sand Seatrout have 10 or 11 rays. Sand Seatrout have scales covering 1/3 of the soft dorsal fin base, where Silver Seatrout have 1/2 or more coverage. Neither fish has spots like their cousin, the "Spotted Seatrout".

STATE RECORD:  This fish species is not currently eligible for a state record.

SIZE:  These are the smallest in the Seatrout family; usually no more than 1/2lb. 1lb.

HABITAT:  Silver Seatrout are primarily found in the Gulf in 18 - 60 feet of open water, but may venture closer into deep bays and harbors during the colder months.

FEEDING HABITS:  Small fish and shrimp

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