Fishing Tips For Snook

September 4, 2013

Fishing Tips for Snook

Fishing Tips For Snook

Looking for some fishing tips for snook?  According to the Online Fisherman, angling for snook is always challenging and many times frustrating.

They readily take both artificial and live bait. Generally, it is best to fish with artificial lures in the winter and to fish with live bait in the spring and summer. Fish for snook when there is current, preferably in the outgoing tide. Likely locations are in cuts between islands, points adjacent to sandbars, and in channels through the flats. On the coldest, windy days, find a bar or sandy bank on the northeast shore of canals or bayous in

the upper portions of the bays and work the area well with a Mirror 7-M, Yozuri Crystal Minnow, or plastic grub.James Dutton Snook

Be careful not to disturb the area on approach, but if you do, move off and return about 30 minutes later. Snook don’t move far in the winter and will return later to the same spot. The deeper holes at the mouths and in channels of coastal rivers always contain some lunker snook, and they may be enticed with a live sardine fished at the begining of an outgoing tide. If there

is a choice, fish for snook on days when there are four tides; on two-tide days, the currents are slow and the bite is weak or non-existent. In the summer, if you prefer to fish at night, find a dock light that is close to the water and soak a shrimp just at the edge of the light-not in the light, but at the edge of the light. If shrimp are not available, use prix du cialis 20 mg a goldeneye or chartreuse bomber.

For lunker snook, fish the bridges at night during the first two to three hours of the outgoing tide. Anchor up-current from the bridge or pilings, and cast a live ladyfish, pinfish, or grunt to the base of the structure. You could also try using a chartreuse or red and white Long-A Bomber. Then hang on! To catch the large snook-the large spawning adults-your chances are best around the bridges over the Intracoastal Waterway and inside inlets or the Skyway. Smaller snook are found “inside”-on the flats and around near shore structure. Of course this rule doesn’t always hold; some big fish are found in each kind of habitat in each month of the year.

Fishing with fly rods at the beaches near inlets during the peak spawning months can be rewarding also. Walk the beach in the late afternoon on a calm day

with the sun at your front and watch for shadows ahead of you in the surf zone. These are probably snook and they will take flies that resemble shrimp or anchovies. Don’t cast over or directly at the fish, but cast near it, in front of it. All snook are conservative ambush predators, and won’t pursue their prey great distances. When snook fishing, regardless of the terminal tackle, don’t hit the fish

with your bait, but don’t throw it out of reach either.When everything else fails, collect ample sardines and lightly crush a few in your hand and toss them to a likely spot. Then place a nice lively fresh one in the midst. If you can’t find sardines or thread herring, tilapia, mojarras, killifishes, or small grunts will work fine. Sometimes small blue crabs will also bring a lazy snook to the strike.



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