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Old 05-17-2007, 12:05 AM
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what's the difference between the two? they look the same. one has spots and one does'nt.
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:08 AM
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White trout usually hang in a little deeper water. And the white trout are great to eat but you must keep them iced down well and do not freeze.

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Old 05-17-2007, 10:42 AM
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I've had people tell me the same thing about freezing them. Put them in the same bag with your specks, freeze them, and you'll never know which is which when you eat it. That's what I have always done. Just as good as specks as far as I'm concerned.
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wiggreb - 5/17/2007 8:42 AM
Just as good as specks as far as I'm concerned.
Same thoughts here.
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Old 05-17-2007, 01:54 PM
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They both taste the same. The speckled trout usually grows a lot bigger than the white trout
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:26 AM
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yea, i've been through the don't freeze em thing myself but i have and had no problems with em. i was lookn for something a little more technical than that though fella's! lol!
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I actually bread mine and then freeze, put on cookie sheet and plastic wrap. I do this if im going to cook them several days after the catch.
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Is a white trout the same as a grey trout? I'm being serious. If it is, on the coast of North Carolina, speckled trout are more common in the winter, and grey trout are more common in the summer.

Technical, eh? Try Cynoscion regalis for grey trout, and Cynoscion nebulosus for the speckled variety, compliments of McClanes New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia.
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Old 05-18-2007, 12:13 PM
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Is a white trout the same as a grey trout? I'm being serious. If it is, on the coast of North Carolina, speckled trout are more common in the winter, and grey trout are more common in the summer.

Technical, eh? Try Cynoscion regalis for grey trout, and Cynoscion nebulosus for the speckled variety, compliments of McClanes New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia.
No they are two different species. I believe the gray trout is also known as a weakfish. They grow bigger than the white trout.
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Gotcha Ratzila. Thanks for the correction. I'm always ready to learn.
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Weakfish... We call 'em Summer trout here in Georgia.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:52 AM
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I catch both of'em. usually try for specks but I will use the white trout to save the day. White trout can be caught in muddy water, in conditions that are not good for specks. To catch whites use the same lures as for a speck or, a small white hair jig tipped with shrimp. The more bait in the water the better, once you get'em turned on, you can catch'em on anything.

Do not freeze white trout, after 1 week in the freezer they'll taste like mud.

At times it is possible to catch literally hundreds of white trout in an hour, but they don't freeze well. I limit my catch to what I can eat that afternoon. Usually 12 to 20 depending on how many people I am feeding.
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Old 05-26-2007, 12:05 AM
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yea, i've hammered the white trout to the point where ya have to put the pole down and take a break. i've been on specks pretty good a few times but nothing like i have on white. i know if ya take the spots off the specks the look just like a white trout. they have to be in the same family. atleast you would think. thanks for the reply's!
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:51 AM
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More technical info from "Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico":
Spotted seatrout also known as speckled trout "Cynoscion nebulosus" Book states world record 17lb 7oz
Sand seatrout also know as white trout "Cynoscion arenarius" Book states rarley reach 2 lb world record is 6lb 2 oz
Both are descibed in the section labled "the croakers" I know Ive had them both croak at me at times.
copyright was 2001 records i'm sure may have changed.
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:04 AM
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There are actually four different "trouts" that are somewhat easy to confuse. The spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) has large spots on its back, dorsal, and caudal fin; the weakfish (C. regalis) has smaller spots on its back only. There are two smaller species that lack spots: the silver seatrout (C. nothus) and the sand trout (C. arenarius), and these last two species are sometimes called "white trout."
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Old 05-27-2007, 01:16 AM
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Oh,the sand (white) trout do get fairly big at the rigs.Landed a few in the 3-5lb size last couple trips as the norm.
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