Snook season is here

February 12, 2016 by Steve Beare

Trip Info

The Catch

Had John M on the boat for a 3/4 day charter.  John is an experienced fisherman who definitely knows his way around a boat.  After discussing what he wanted, John had asked to target Snook in search of the elusive slot fish for harvesting. 

Having recent “Florida Cold Fronts”, where its cold (40-50 degrees) in the morning and warm (70-80 degrees) in the afternoon, i advised john that we would work some of the warmer water areas in the early morning.  As we left the ramp the weather seemed to drop into the low 40’s, and while I was worried a bit about the fish having lockjaw, the water temp remained in the high 60’s low 70’s.  First we hit a nearby spillway as the tide would surely have the water flowing.  The first cast yielded a Largemouth Bass.  Crazy catch for sure. After catching a few more Bass we decided to set the quest on Johns desired species.  The bait that had been producing the biggest snook on some recent trips were Live Target 3” Natural Shrimp w/ Gold Flake.  After arriving at our first location I began to wonder if the sudden drop in temperature was going to shut us down.  For the first hour the fish appeared to have lock jaw, with John only catching three Jack Crevalles and one 18” under slot snook.  With minimal action we moved to some back country areas lined with mangroves and oyster bars.  Immediately upon the first cast, John was happy with the move as he hooked into and landed a 26” Snook, just under the lawful slot of 28”.  While working the area, it seemed as though every other cast was a hook up with John catching over 15 more snook.  We had snook from 18” to 34”...but couldn’t find one that fit into the lawful slot.  All in all a good day.

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