The weakfish, Cynoscion regalis, is a marine fish of the drum family Sciaenidae.

A large, slender, marine fish, it is found along the east coast of North America. The head and back of this fish are dark brown in color with a greenish tinge. The sides have a faint silvery hue with dusky specks, and the belly is white. The origin of its name is based on the weakness of the mouth muscles, which often cause a hook to tear free, allowing the fish to escape. The weakfish grows to 1 m (3 feet) in length and 9 kg (20 pounds) in weight. It is found along the eastern coast of North America from Nova Scotia, Canada to northern Florida, where it is fished both commercially and recreationally. Weakfish are also known by the American Indian name "Squeteague".

In the mid-Atlantic states, the fish is sometimes referred to by the name sea trout, though it is not related to the fishes properly called trout, which are in the family Salmonidae.

The weakfish is the state fish of Delaware.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Cynoscion regalis
Environment:Inshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:64-82°F (18-28°C)
Technique:Bottom Fishing, Casting, Fly, Jigging
Lure Type:Bottom Rig, Flies, Jigs, Plugs, Soft Plastics, Spoons, Topwater
World Record:8.96 kg (19 lb 12 oz) Staten Island, New York, USA
Other Names:squeteague, weakfish, gray trout, grey trout

Latest Weakfish Fishing Reports and Spots

Thursday PM and Friday AM Report - 8/13/2021 9:19:02 PM

MISTY MORN MASTERS $960 - Only 4.8 is holding the lead very beatable. Thursday's night trip lacked the Magic. Short provided some action no kee (View)

Weakfish - 7/3/2021 7:12:00 PM

Weakfish on the fly from June. (View)

Fri May 21 – Montauk Spring Jumbo Porgies - 5/21/2021 2:36:27 PM

Capt Dave reports a tough day on the Viking Starlite. It was a very picky bite. They bit but not well. Those that figured it out did okay. We ha (View)

Wed May 19 – Montauk Spring Jumbo Porgies - 5/19/2021 3:02:30 PM

Capt Dave reports good fishing on the Viking Starlite. We had a lot of action but had to move around to find the bigger fish. We found a steady (View)

Fluke and Weakfish - 5/7/2021 9:59:00 PM

The fluke are biting and there have been a few trout around for the determined angler! (View)

Weakfish - 5/7/2021 10:01:00 PM

There have been decent trout in the back if you're patient. (View)

Stripers Spreading Out; Other Fish Arrive - 4/24/2021 9:20:00 PM

  I caught this schoolie along with many more today in a backwater location. The bucktail jig was a hot lure today. The stripers are really spr (View)

Wakeup Call - 4/23/2021 4:43:00 PM

 We had a pretty morning today when I meet Steve Carbonneau and his buddy Sean down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. We made the run up the inter (View)

Walleye Chop - 4/21/2021 4:13:00 PM

 I was fishing today with Lee Riter hailing from Wisconsin and I met him up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park for a half day of fishing on an outgoin (View)

Amelia Island Back Country Super Grande Slam - 4/8/2021 4:13:00 PM

 I fished with the Owensby crew again today -Kevin and his son Jake his father in law Doyle and Doyle's  brother Ron. We met this time up at th (View)