Big SeaTrout, Grass Flats, Blind Pass, Tide Change, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sanibel Island, Sunday, December 3, 2017 [File Photo - March 3, 2014].

Captiva Fishing, SeaTrout!

Charlie, Big Sea Trout, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Sunday, December 3, 2017, [File Photo: 3-3-14].
Charlie, Big Sea Trout, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service, Sunday, December 3, 2017, [File Photo: 3-3-14].

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, December 3, 2017: SeaTrout!

CaptivaRentals.org: Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Directly From Local Homeowners.Captiva Fishing Report, Sunday, December 3: SeaTrout, Grass Beds, Catch & Release; Red Tide Report (Caloosahatchee freshwater runoff may be lessening a bit; some Red Tide but it has broken up and largely dispersed); more fishing reports from other areas and Captains below.

Sunday, December 3:  SeaTrout, Grass Flats & Oyster Bars; Pompano & Bluefish schools running inshore, Snook in the passes, Seatrout on grass flats, Redfish on oyster bars, and Grouper on the structure.

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Big Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service,  Sunday, December 3, 2017, [File Photo: 2-19-15].
Big Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service,
Sunday, December 3, 2017, [File Photo: 2-19-15].
Cynoscion nebulosus, the spotted seatrout, also known as speckled trout, is a common estuarine fish found in the southern United States along coasts of Gulf of Mexico and the coastal Atlantic Ocean from Maryland to Florida. These fish are also found in estuarine locations around Cape Breton Island of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Big Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing. File Photo: Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Big Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing. File Photo: Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

While most of these fish are caught on shallow, grassy flats, spotted seatrout reside in virtually any inshore waters, from the surf of outside islands to far up coastal rivers, where they often come for shelter during cold weather. Contrary to its name, the spotted seatrout is not a member of the trout family (Salmonidae), but of the drum family (Sciaenidae). It is popular for commercial and especially recreational fishing in coastal waters of the southeastern United States. Adults reach 19-32 inches in length and 3-15 pounds in weight.

Big Sea Trout, Captiva Grass Flats, June 13, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Big Sea Trout, Captiva Grass Flats, June 13, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Spotted seatrout live in the top of the water column and are most numerous along the coasts of the southeastern states, such as Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. They are also common along the coasts of North and South Carolina and Virginia. Estuarine coasts are prime settlement areas. They are uncommonly seen north of Delaware Bay and along the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Big Sea Trout on Sanibel & Captiva fishing charters. March 12, 2012
Big Sea Trout on Sanibel & Captiva fishing charters. March 12, 2012

Spotted seatrout is the common name endorsed by the American Fisheries Society. However, this fish has many other common names, including speckled trout, speck, speckles, spec, truite gris (Louisiana French), trucha de mar (Mexican Spanish), spotted weakfish, spotted seateague, southern seateague, salmon, salmon trout, simon trout, winter trout, seatrout, Nosferatu fish, and black trout. Particularly large ones are nicknamed gator trout.[1]

Big Seatrout caught on Sanibel & Captiva charters

The spotted seatrout has prominent canine teeth. Like other fish of the family Sciaenidae, it has an elongated, soft dorsal fin with scales; it is separated from the spinous dorsal fin by a deep notch. It usually has two anal spines and the lateral line extends to the tip of the caudal fin. The back has distinct spots scattered on it, including on the dorsal and caudal fins. Unlike some other members of the family Sciaenidae, the spotted seatrout does not have any chin barbels. In stained water, this fish’s background may take on a golden hue. Its shape and coloration is reminiscent of a brown trout. This fish is closely related to the weakfishCynoscion regalis.

Big Sea Trout, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, April 4, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Big Sea Trout, Inshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Monday, April 4, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

The average size of spotted seatrout is 0.5-1.0 kg (1-2 lb), but in most areas fish up to 2.5 kg (5 lb) are fairly common. Fish weighing 3.5-4.5 kg (8-10 lb) are rare. The world record is 7.9 kg (17 lb 7 oz).

Small trout eat large amounts of shrimp and other crustaceans. As they grow larger, their diets shift toward fish, the larger, the better. Studies in Texas and Mississippi show that really big trout strongly prefer to feed on mullet; a large trout will find the largest mullet it can handle and try to swallow it. Often the mullet is half or two-thirds as large as the trout.[2]”  Please see more information here.

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Big Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 12-23-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Big Sea Trout, Grass Flats, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Wednesday, 12-23-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

After a fierce storm, Turner Beach, the beach adjoining the Pass, is frequently covered with a bounty of shells from Olives to Fighting Whelks to the more common Conchs. The fishing is also renowned with sharks in the summer, tailing redfish on the bayside flats and snook under and off the Blind Pass bridge. Because Turner Beach faces Westward, the sunsets are spectacular and a popular viewing point for residents and visitors alike.

Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, April 2, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sea Trout, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, April 2, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

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Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, March 12, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Sea Trout, Grass Beds, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, March 12, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.