Sunday, July 05, 2009

Gator Trout

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.


Florida Beach Basics said...

impressive, but as Caroline will tell you, there's nothing like a real trout from a cold, South Dakota stream!

threecollie said...

That's a big 'un!

Pablo said...

Well, I'm wishing you luck!

Caroline said...

Hey, I'd be glad to fix Black Hills trout or Seatrout for dinner tonight...both are yummy! :o)

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Fire up the grill!!!

Doug Taron said...

Looks tasty. I'm grilling fish right now- but someone else caught it.

Floridacracker said...

Personally, just pass me some whiting fresh off out of the surf, but I agree Yankee trout ... real trout, are tasty.
They're just so tiny.
Down here, we'd use a fish that size for bait!

You betcha! A seatrout of a lifetime!

I wasn't fishing, but I did have a good time out there.

How could you go wrong with either! Sounds good to me.

Chris and Jon,
Yes! Although I would be most likely to grab some cornmeal and fire up the fryer!

jSomeone else caught it? Now, where's the fun in that?

lisa said...

I will show my son the fisherman this picture. He has caught a 29 inch pickeral, 26, and 24 inch lake trout before!! In just a couple of weeks we will be at our favorite lake for a weeks vacation and fishing will be #1 for the week.

TROLL Y2K said...

You CAN teach an old Troll new things. Didn't know seatrout weren't trout. Really surprised to learn they get that large.

I've only caught them in Troll Bay and the Gulf. Maybe the Atlantic variety get bigger.

Floridacracker said...

Wow those are great fish! I know you are looking forward to that lake trip!

Steelheads up nawth are true trout that go to sea, but of course, they don't venture down here.
If you knew how skinny the water was where that trout came from, you would be astounded.