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This book is a given for recreational and commercial fishermen as well as anyone who loves the outdoors! Since most anglers identify their fish by reviewing illustrations rather than using scientific keys, the authors have succeeded in making fishing easier by providing superb illustrations and detailed diagnostics for fish identification. A valuable, one-stop reference tool for everyday anglers, fisheries experts, biologists, and outdoors writers, this guide includes intensively researched information on 207 species of saltwater fish, essential data on each species’ habitat, identification, typical size, and food value. By Jerald Horst & Mike Lane, illustrated by Duane Raver. 207 species.

Seatrout, Silver
Cynoscion nothus

Illustrations by: Duane Raver     Click image for large version.
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Family:  Drums  (Sciaenidae)
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Other Names :Silver Trout, Whitey, Silver Seatrout
Range & Habitat :Silver trout are most common in the northern Gulf of Mexico, but can be found in both southern Florida and southern Texas. They frequent mud and sand bottoms from bays and estuaries out to 100-foot depths offshore.
Identification & Biology :Many anglers confuse this species with the sand seatrout and lump the two species together as “white trout.” The two species are distinctly different, however. The silver seatrout is entirely silver without any of the yellow coloration on the back and fins that the sand seatrout has. The silver seatrout has very small, darker spots arranged in rearward sloping rows or the upper sides. It is presumed to spawn offshore and feed primarily on crustaceans and small fishes.
Size :Only rarely over 10-14 inches.
Food Value :Good, but its soft texture makes it difficult both to clean and freeze
Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter

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