I started my annual fishing trip today. It seems as if the Florida Wildlife Game and Fish has made some narrow cut offs for the Speckled Trout. My family and I caught about 50 fish and only 7 fell within the slot limit of 15″ – 20″. All the others were below the limit. The 7 we caught were below 17″. We will start early tomorrow. We only fished today for about 3-4 hours.
We caught over 100 today and kept about 28. We fished about 6 hours. The fishing was much better this morning.
We kept a much more accurate total today. We caught 51 on our boat with 19 keepers. We got into a different type of fish than the
Speckled Trout. It was “Black Drum” and “Sheep Head” that measured anywhere from 14″ to 22″. We only threw back about 5 of those type of fish that didn’t meet the minimum requirement. We finished today with only about 5 speckled trout. I wonder if anyone knows how the slots and minimum requirements are made? I talked to a game warden that checked us today and he said that biologists are involved in the process. I suppose these cutoffs are created to ensure healthy breeding.