For anglers fixated on the arrival of striped bass, cool temperatures slowed the start of this year's fishing - especially when compared to the last few years with their above-average warm spring seasons. But the fish that's caught a lot of attention this spring is an unusual visitor to our waters - the weakfish. The Fishing News looks at the strange historical cycle of weakfish in Cape Cod waters.
Audio of the conversation posted above.
Here's a few weakfish facts:
- It's also known as a sea trout, or a squeteague.
- The current MA limit is one fish per day, 16" minimum.
- The name is said to derive from the ease with which fishermen's hooks tear out of their mouths.
- In 1981 Delaware adopted the weakfish as its state fish.
More weakfish information can be found on this website from the University of Rhode Island.