If you build it, they will come! I’m over here at Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort with the artificial reefs we just got put in, and we are seeing tons of fish just in time for snook season, which opens March 1st. We’re excited to tell you more about these beautiful fish and how you can learn to catch them in this weekend fishing report.
Snook are a popular game fish in Florida, known for their fighting ability and delicious taste. They are typically found in the backwaters, bays, estuaries, and structures such as docks, bridges, mangroves, and grass flats. Snook are known to be ambush predators and will often hide in these structures to wait for their prey. It is important to note that snook are a protected species in Florida, and there are specific rules and regulations regarding the size and number of snook that can be caught and kept. Snook has to be in the slot limit, which ranges from 28-32 inches, no bigger, no less.
Regarding bait and tackle, live bait is often the best option for catching snook. Some popular live baits include pinfish, shrimp, and pilchards. Artificial lures such as topwater plugs, jerk baits, and jigs can also be effective, especially during the warmer months when snook are more active. As for tackle, a medium to heavy spinning rod with 10-20 lb test line is recommended. A fluorocarbon leader is also a good idea to prevent the snook from cutting the line on structures.
One important aspect of catching snook is understanding their behavior. Snook are highly seasonal fish, and their behavior changes throughout the year. During winter, snook move into deeper waters and can be harder to catch. As the water temperature warms in the spring, they move closer to shore and become more active. During the summer, snook can be found in shallow waters and are more likely to take topwater lures. In the fall, snook migrates to their wintering grounds, making them more challenging to find.
When it comes to technique, patience is key when trying to catch snook. It is crucial to make a quiet and accurate cast and to let the bait or lure sink slowly to the bottom. Snook are known for their sharp eyesight, so using light lines and leaders is important to avoid spooking them. When a snook takes the bait, it is essential to let it run and tire itself out before reeling it in. Snook are powerful fighters and can put up a strong fight, so it is vital to have a good drag system and to be prepared for a long battle.
Catching snook on the Gulf Coast of Florida is a thrilling and rewarding experience for anglers of all levels, and were going to have a wonderful weekend trying it out. Join our weekend fishing clinics on the dock to learn the tips and tricks to catching local species, or book a charter with our local Captain from FishLikeUs. We look forward to seeing you and your snook soon!