Snoek Fishing

Snoek Fishing

Snoek

Snoek
  • Size 2–7 kg
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Average
  • Habitats Nearshore, Offshore

(Thyrsites atun)

Snoek, the long and thin member of the Snake Mackerel family is spread out across the Southern Hemisphere. Anglers from Australia will refer to it as the Barracouta (not to be confused with the Barracuda). Snoek fishing is an essential part of quite a few commercial fisheries, but they are also a popular game fishing species among recreational anglers.

How Big?

Snoek can grow up to two meters in length, and the biggest one caught weighed just over 14 kg. However, most of them stay in the 7 kg ballpark.

When and Where

The first place to look for Snoek is near continental shelves and close to islands. It’s best represented in the fisheries of Uruguay, Argentina, and South Africa. This includes places like Tierra del Fuego, Tristan da Cunha, and the St. Paul and Amsterdam islands.

How to Catch

As any angler with Snoek fishing experience will tell you – the best way to hook into one is by using a handline. This is a shoaling fish, so you’ll have your hands full as soon as you figure out the right depth. Of course, most anglers also have a conventional rod and reel setup on board as well. If the Snoek aren’t responding well to the handline, fishermen will try and coax them with a spinner or a shiny spoon.

Good to Eat?

Not only is the Snoek tasty, but it’s got very high nutritional value. The traditional way of eating one in South Africa involves brushing it with lemon juice, olive oil, and just a tiny bit of curry powder before putting it on the barbecue.

Regulations

Season: always open.

Bag Limit: 20 (Namibia), 10 (South Africa)

Size Limit: 23 inches (South Africa)

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