Florida Snook Fishing With A Guide

by on November 13, 2009

Having lived in Florida my entire life, fishing had become a way of life . As a child I would wade into the waters of Tampa Bay with a bucket of live shrimp and a fisherman was born. Some time later I caught my first snook and a snook fisherman was born. Snook Fishing is considered by many to be some of the most exciting shallow water game fishing in the world. There is nothing quite like hooking into a big linesider to get your heart pounding a mile a minute. Snook fishing Florida in the inshore flats, bays and barrier islands of the Florida Gulf Coast is the best in the continental United States.

Having one of those trips led by and expert guide is and adventure of a lifetime. When our son was about to graduate high school I paid a guide $400.00 for a day on the beautiful water of the Charlotte Harbor area. It was late spring and the morning was unusually crisp and cool for Florida . Fishing in the spring is one of the greatest times of the year to fish for Snook We arrived at dawn of course and set out for a day of snook fishing we still tell stories about.

All told we must have landed 40 0r 50 snook between us that day . Florida law allows one snook per person within the slot limit size of 26 to 34 inches (the slot) to be kept during the open season Most were either inside the slot or just on the outside of the slot. Florida law allows one snook per person within the slot limit size of 26 to 34 inches to be kept during the open season It didn’t matter. It was a catch and release day for the most part anyway. Snook fishing on a Florida fishing charter is as is fun and doing it once will only make you want to experience it again.

We will be providing information as to how to catch snook, where to catch them and have a story or two long the way. Fishing for Snook In Florida simply has no equal.


Snook Fishing Lures and Baits

by on October 20, 2009

When Snook fishing in Florida you will find out that is easier to fish for snook than is is to catch snook. Snook are very challenging game fish for anglers because they are unpredictable and stubborn and as temperamental as anything you have ever known. Snook turn on to feeding very quickly and when they are on there is nothing quite like it. The downside is they can turn off just as quickly. Changing baits and lures can persuade them to bite and when your out on the water, don’t be afraid to change your presentation. What was working 10 minutes before may not be now. Change up the bait and if you cant wake them, move on to another spot. It a lot more fun to do some Snook catching then it is to spend a day snook fishing. I listed a few lures and bait here to consider. Fishermen in general are protective of what they use in the way of bait and Snook fisherman are no exception. Here are some examples of snook fishing lures and saltwater fishing tackle.

·    The Shad Assassin. You can use this in both fresh and saltwater. This is the secret weapon of many anglers who want to catch snooks along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Even different fish like trout, redfish, tarpon, and flounder can be lured by this bait.
·    The Curly Shad. This looks like the Shad Assassin but it has a curl tail. This special characteristic is the reason why snooks love it.
·    The Sea Shad. This has a paddle tail and a hard body.
·    Blurp. This is a special kind of saltwater lure. It releases natural scents that fish are attracted to when it touches water. This is great under all kinds of conditions, even very severe conditions. It will release stronger scent as it stays longer underwater.
·    DOA Shrimp Lures. These are soft lures made from plastic that look like real shrimps.
·    DOA TerrorEyz Lures. These lures have holographic eyes that make them look like they are looking at or making eye contact with the snook.
·    Soft Plastic Jerkbaits. These lures imitate injured baitfish. This is best used when fishing in clear water and you can see what you’re searching for. You can also use this in deeper parts of the waters.
·    Shiners. These are very classic lures. Many anglers all over the world have successful stories to share after using Shiners. These are made from balsa or cedar and are hand-painted.
·    Live baits. Snook are meat-eaters and they eat anything—shrimp, crabs, pinfish, pigfish, croakers, finger mullet, ladyfish, herring, and sardines.

Using live bait is not very challenging. However, if you’re a beginner, you can use live lures first. When choosing the right snook fishing lures, you have to remember that snook have very powerful jaws. They might destroy lures made from balsa wood, and sometimes, even lures made from plastic.

You can buy some natural bait but you can also catch them yourself using a cast net. This has served me best when chasing linesiders.

If needed, change your lures depending on what is the most common and available baitfish in the area where you are fishing. For example, if finger mullets are the predominant baitfish in the area, then you should choose a lure that closely resembles a finger mullet. It is easier to catch a snook this way.

Some anglers are big fans topwater lures. They prefer to catch snooks using topwater plugs for hours than a sub-surface lure which can make them catch snooks without a hitch.

But what every angler needs to remember is to always stay alert. When fish are in the mood to eat, they will try to eat even your bait on the surface of the water. If this happen, they are in an aggressive mood and will feed on just about anything. This happens especially during at night. You will notice showering bait, diving birds, or ‘nervous’ water. Be very keen to those indications of an actively feeding snook.

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