Fishing for Snook!
We here at Real Men Prey LOVE to fish for snook! They fight like crazy, taste delicious and are smart! We respect that. Hook a snook and he’s going to either jump and try to shake the hook or head straight to some structure and break the line.
Snook are considered one of the most exciting catches here in Florida. They also happen to be good eating with white delicious flesh. But you won’t find snook on any restaurant menu as it’s illegal to buy of sell them. So you have to catch them yourself to enjoy their deliciousness – but only during the approved fishing season as they are highly protected by the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission).
To catch a snook, it’s best to go in the early morning or at dusk and look in these locations:
- beach trough – just a few feet off the beach
- mangrove roots – where they feast on crabs and minnows
- grass flat potholes – where they hide and pounce on their unsuspecting prey
- around docks and inlets – especially in dock lights at night
- spillways – when the locks are open
Snook prefer water temps of 60 degrees or higher so the warm coastal waters of Florida are ideal. They can be found in freshwater, brackish or saltwater. Anglers can use shrimp, mullet or pinfish to take advantage of the snook’s great sense of smell. While fresh bait is best, lures can also be used such as the Johnson Silver Minnow or a 3 to 5 inch white paddle tail and a 1/8 to ¼ oz ji head. Snook like to face the current, so be sure to cast up current so you don’t spook them from behind.
While you are out stalking snook, you will want to protect yourself from the sun’s rays with UV protectant shirts from Real Men Prey that also keep you cool on hot days. Send us your pic in your Real Men prey shirt with your snook for our Gallery page.
Once you catch your snook, check out our blog on how to prepare it for your dinner table.
Now get fishing!