READY, SET, SNOOK! Fishing Tactics for Florida Snook Season- Now Open!

IMPORTANT LICENSE/REGULATIONS INFORMATION

In Florida: You must have a SNOOK PERMIT AND a SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE!

Click Here:  FLORIDA FISHING LICENSE INFO

SNOOK REGULATIONS

Florida Snook Regulations

-Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

NOTE: Help Florida Snook Research and Conservation by donating Snook Carcasses!

SNOOK

  • A natural predator with an aggressive nature that likes to hide, wait, and then ambush prey.
  • A fighting fish with a size range from 3 to 15 pounds, may mean a few runs and jumps to catch one!

WHERE TO FIND

Snook can be found near the edges of:

  • Grassy Flats
  • Channels & Riverbanks
  • Mangrove Islands & Inlets
  • Canals & Passes
  • Sandbars & Shorelines

HIDING SPOTS

Under or Near:

  • Bridges- Like the Intracoastal Waterway or the Skyway
  • Docks
  • Pier Pilings
  • Underwater Ridges
  • Underwater Structures
  • Sunken Debris on the Bottom
  • Objects over Beaches

*TIP: Waters with current, such as Outgoing Tide, are best – especially days with four Tides!

TACKLE COMBINATIONS

SALTWATER RODS

  • SPINNING

-- 7-foot, 7’6”, or 8-foot

-- F or XF Action

  • CASTING/CONVENTIONAL- Good for Open/Deeper Waters

-- 7-foot, 7’6”, or 8-foot

-- M or MF Action with Trigger Action

SALTWATER REELS

  • SPINNING with Smooth Gears/Action and a great Drag System
  • CONVENTIONAL REEL with Wind Leveler System

SALTWATER LINES & LEADERS

For SPINNING TACKLE:

  • 20-lb or 30-lb Braided Line
  • 40-lb Fluorocarbon Leader

*TIP: When using Braided line learn the right KNOTS to avoid tangling caused by wind.

For CASTING/CONVENTIONAL TACKLE:

  • 20-lb Monofilament Line
  • 20-lb Fluorocarbon Leader

*TIP: For Casting Rods Fluorocarbon is preferred, and heavier Line/Leader (40/50-lb) when using large Live Bait.

WHAT TO USE

Both Artificial Lures and Live Bait will work!

LIVE BAIT

  • Shrimp
  • Scaled Sardines
  • Grunts – Catch these outside Residential Canals and the mouths of Estuaries.
  • Strips of Squid- Rigged to find fish
  • Crabs
  • Mulletheads and Ladyfish heads
  • Any small fish:

Pinfish

Small Mullet

Threadfin

Sand and Silver Perch

*TIP: Learn how to use CAST NETS and catch all the Live bait you will need! 

ARTIFICIAL LURES- Smells are useful and effective!

  • Floating Lures- Float, then make noise when you retrieve them to attract fish.
  • Suspension Lures- Sink to a certain depth and “suspend”.
  • Jigs
  • Soft & Hard Plastics

EXAMPLES:

-Jerk/Mirror Plugs

-Poppers

-Spoons

-Plastic Shrimp, Grubs, and Crabs

*TIP 1: For Snook use Lures that sit higher in the water column.

*TIP 2: Try attaching Soft Plastics to a Jig, imitating the body of live Shrimp or Crab!

IGFA Record Size Snook

This Seasoned Angler in Brazil “Caught & Released” this huge Snook using a Jig and Soft Plastic Shrimp Combo!
-Courtesy IGFA

 

Good Luck catching Snook this season and Happy Fishing!

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