Fresh Live Shrimp,
Shrimp, Squid, Sardines, Mullet,
Usually 1-2 pounds; common on both coasts to about four pounds. Largest fish, both in average size and maximum size, come from East Central region, where fish to 10 pounds are taken at times and where potential is to 15 pounds or more. Gulf Coast trout are considered large at 5-8 pounds, but can top 10.World and Florida records 17 pounds, 7 ounces.
Not exceedingly strong or active, but a hard striker on a variety of baits and quite sporty on light gear. Showy, surface-thrashing fighter but not a long runner. Sometimes jumps.
Tackle & Baits:
Spinning, bait casting and fly tackle are all effective and sporting. Best natural baits are live shrimp, live bait-fish and strips of cut Mullet or Pinfish. Most popular lures are bait-tail jigs, swimming plugs and top water plugs. Poppers are productive fly- rod lures over the flats; large streamers work in all waters.