Fishing for Weakfish
The weakfish or squeteague is weak only in name. It is found all along the coast from the New England states to Florida. It grows to a weight of twelve pounds, but the usual weight is two or three pounds only. It is a surface feeder and is caught in the bays and channels mostly by trolling with the artificial squid and light tackle. It may also be taken by surf casting. The best fishing in channels is at flood tide or just before. Out in the open water the best fishing is at ebb tide. The best natural baits are shedder crab, killie, shrimp and worms. A linen line and 1/0 to 3/0 Sproat hooks and gut leader are the right kind of tackle. The weakfish has a soft mouth and must be played carefully. Use a landing net to get the fish into the boat. Perhaps the most successful way of taking them is by casting from an anchored boat, keeping the bait constantly in motion, as rowing is likely to frighten the fish. They are also taken by casting tin or bone squids with a hand line. They sometimes take the artificial fly. In the South a variety of this fish is called the sea-trout or spotted weakfish.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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