Looking for some fierce action on the end of your fishing line? Look to snook!
Snook Looks & Habitat
Snook are almost colorless, often with yellow fins and a black lateral line (along its back). Long and lean, they resemble the northern pike.
Trolling for food in the western Atlantic Ocean, from South Carolina to Texas, snook like to stay in waters that are less than 70 feet deep. Some of the largest snook have been caught off of the Florida coast (44 lbs.).
Water Salinity & Temperature
Although considered a warm saltwater specimen, snook easily transfer into fresh water; they prefer lagoons and estuaries.
The amount of salt in water is not a problem for the sergeant fish, but they are very sensitive to water temperature.
These fish only appear in warm waters … if water dips below 60 degrees (Fahrenheit), their systems go into shock and then they die.
Fishing for Snook
If water turns cold, look for the snook near power plant water discharge areas. Otherwise, they like to hide in underground structures (rock piles, reefs, etc.), waiting for smaller fish to cross their path.
Mullet is a good bait fish; however, snook have a decided preference for live shrimp. Only use enough weight (sinker or split-shot) on your line to get the bait to the bottom.
If you want to use a jig or lure, some favorites are: some Mirrolures or the Red Tailed Hawk jig.
Biologists tell us that the snook are most active feeding from an hour before high tide through the first 3 hours of the falling tide.
Between April and October, snook tend to spawn in the inlets and passes near open waters.
After a few weeks of life, the young robalo move into nearby estuaries – where they stay for the rest of their lives. They do not roam over as large a territory as other fish.
Freshwater anglers sometimes report catching snook when they are fishing for largemouth bass.
The Snook’s Reputation
Most robalo are caught in the summer months. They are a popular game fish for two reasons: they are fierce fighters and they are taste great!
Once you set the hook in your snook, the race is on! They don’t come in quietly, but put up a great fight.
Getting a snook to take your bait is just the first step. It requires strength and patience to haul in a snook.
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