Sunday, March 11, 2012

3/11 - Wow, dat's big!

I get asked all the time, especially this time of year "WHAT IS THE STATE RECORD WEAKFISH?" And believe it or not, I didn't know.

While all this time, the records for the state and world are right in the back of my fishing bible. The Florida Sportsman Tide Planner Book. The book I take everywhere and refer to as many as 10 times a day!!

So, what is the state record "Yellowmouth Trout", "Weakfish", "Speckled Trout's ugly cousin", or "Tide Runner" ???
No matter what ya call them we catch plenty of them around here in N.E. Florida.  Jus' not record size.

[Weakfish on left, Speckled Trout on right]




















They all seem to come from water's a bit more south.

Florida record - 10 pounds (Port Canaveral 1987)
World record - 19 pounds, 12 ounces.

Hmmmm, the Speckled trout state record came from Ft Pierce, Florida. Not to far away from Port Canaveral. At a whopping 17 pounds 7 pounces back in 1995.

[HERE'S A NICE EXAMPLE CAUGHT BY DON M. These photos of Weakfish are not new...they came from the photo album slide show on the right side bar of this page]























My largest Weakfish was 7 -1/2 pounds taken at the jetties in the spring on a MirrOlure 52MR/ Florescent orange head, gold/yellow body. SIMAILAR TO THIS LURE:











SO, IT'S TIME TO GET THE WORK AND CATCHA REALLY BIG ONE.
LARGEST SO FAR THIS YEAR WAS TAKEN BY ERIC, ON FEB 10TH AT 5-1/2 POUNDS.

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