Tampa Bay On The Fly


Sea Trout

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Description: pale body color, yellow above, silver to white below; one or two prominent canine teeth usually at tip of upper jaw; inside of mouth yellow; no well-defined black spots on back; 10 to 12 soft rays in anal fin; no chin barbels.
Where found: a Gulf species that may occur in the Atlantic waters of extreme south-eastern Florida; adults predominantly found INSHORE residing in bays and inlets but may move OFFSHORE during winter months; young occur INSHORE in shallow bays.
Size: usually less than 1 pound (10 to 12 inches).
*Florida Record: n/a
Remarks: matures during first or second year; prolonged INSHORE spawning season extends through spring and summer; feeds mainly on small fish and shrimp.
How to Catch: 5-9wt fly rods, typically floating fly lines 8-12′ leader in 8-15# test, flies with light to medium strength hooks in sizes #6 to 1/0
Flies to Use: Sea Ducer, Clouser Minnow, Popper

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