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How do you tell the difference between a weakfish and a spotted sea trout? They look exactly the same to me. Are they just diffe

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  • How do you tell the difference between a weakfish and a spotted sea trout? They look exactly the same to me. Are they just diffe

    How do you tell the difference between a weakfish and a spotted sea trout? They look exactly the same to me. Are they just different names for the same fish?

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    Stuck...same family but different fish. Weakfish thrive in the Northeast, from about Virginia to Mass. Seatrout live from VA to Fl. Weakfish have elongated spots, whereas spotted seatrout have round specks much like a brown trout, hence their nickname "specks."

    But they both taste equally delicious.

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    • #3
      weakfish can be a little smaller and they sometimes look like they dont have much meat on them as a speck

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      • #4
        good to know...never new that..

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        • #5
          the weakfish will put up a lesser fight.

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          • #6
            The spotted seatrout, commonly called speckled trout, is one of the most popular sport fish along the Texas coast. Its abundance, willingness to hit natural and artificial baits, and fine eating qualities make the species extremely popular with anglers. It has been commercially harvested in all the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. However, a decline in harvest of spotted seatrout in recent years caused Alabama and Texas to close commercial fishing of the species. The decline in the seatrout catch is linked to destruction of seagrass beds and over-fishing. In Texas, the record spotted seatrout caught was 33.75 inches (85.7 cm) and 13 pounds 9 ounces (about 6 kg).

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            • #7
              Weakfish are a migratory species occurring along the Atlantic coast of North America from Nova Scotia to Florida. When water temperatures rise in the spring, the mature fish migrate north and inshore to the spawning grounds. In these near shore and estuarine areas between March and September, mature females produce large quantities of eggs that are fertilized by mature males as they are released into the water. Females continuously produce eggs during the spawning season and release them over a period of time rather than once. In the fall, an offshore and southerly migration of adults, coinciding with declining water temperatures, brings the mature weakfish back to the wintering grounds.

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              • #8
                weakfish are a big family including a few different species, specks are one of those species

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                • #9
                  Thanks rudy for the Texas record. I've been lookin for that. Weakfish are usually smaller than specks.

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                  • #10
                    rudy nailed it

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