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Seatrout, Spotted

Spotted Seatrout, also known as Speckled Seatrout, is not a true trout but a member fo the drum family.  It is similar in shape to a Snapper but silver in color with an olive-green back with small irregular black dots on its upper half.  They inhabit the western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida and the entire Gulf of Mexico.  Spotted Seatrout live in seagrass and shallow sandy bottoms venturing deeper in cold weather.  They eat crustacean and small bony fish.
Spotted Seatrout has a similar flavor profile as the California White Seabass or Corvina.  It has a meaty, small flaked flesh with a slightly briny taste.
This species is one of the most intensively managed finfish in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission manages the fishery along the Eastern U.S.  Spotted Seatrout are caught by hook and line and cast net.

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