In 2007, Special Regulations for speckled trout on the Lower Laguna Madre – below Marker 21 in the Land Cut area went into effect, setting a five fish per day bag limit and 10 fish possession limit. Some factors behind this move were reduced recruitment because of red tides, freeze kills, and an increased bay salinity caused by drought conditions. This measure seems to have helped with an increase in both numbers and size of trout being caught, so now the five fish limit is coming further north. Specifically, to the Highway 457 bridge near Sargent.
Speckled trout is one name for a fish also known as Spotted Sea Trout, or on the east coast as a Spotted weakfish. That name came from the fact that these fish have a “weak” mouth that hooks might easily pull through if the fisherman puts on too much pressure, – not because the fish fights “weak”, which is certainly not the case!
This limit takes effect September 1, 2014.