Sunday, July 05, 2009
I mentioned this fish a few months ago, but didn't have a picture to go along with the tale. That changed yesterday at an excellent family 4th of July BBQ hosted by my Uncle Richard and Aunt Shelba.
If you're not from around these parts, especially if you are from up north where real trout abound, here's the 411 on our "Spotted Seatrout".
They are not really trout, but they do resemble them and long ago, the common name "Seatrout" stuck.
Seatrout are actually in the croaker and drum family, and like their cousins, they are pretty tasty with firm white, mild flavored flesh.
Average size for this species is about 1-2 pounds, and the world record is 17 pounds and 7 oz, so you can see how special a catch like this is. Uncle Richard's fish is over 9 pounds which certainly qualifies it for the storied "Gator Trout" status.
... With any luck, I will be out in the seatrout's habitat today.