Weakfish

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

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 What a weather swing! We went from the low 40's to the 60's in just a day which made for pleasantweather fishing today until the wind picked u (View)


NOVEMBER 2019 Fishing Report - 11/2/2019 8:49:29 PM

I’m back from a six week Atlantic salmon fishing vacation in Nova Scotia and am looking forward to November saltwater fishing here in the Jacks (View)


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 You know you've got the best daughter when she gifts you with a back country fishing trip on the Anglers Mark!  Paul and Elaine Wozny received (View)


Nibble Nibble Nibble BAM - 1/15/2021 1:31:12 PM

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10/4 - Double charters - Tog Blues and Weakfish. - 10/16/2020 2:32:43 AM

Busy weekend as I had new client Max Cavallaro and his 3 buddies on a 4hr multi-species charter. We hit the inlet area to connect on a lone blu (View)