Snook Fishing Tips - How To Catch Snook
Snook are crafty fish that are tough fighters, leaping out of the water when hooked, then usually heading for structure to cut off your line. Moving water and a good presentation are the key to catching Snook along with timing your fishing area to the proper tides. Snook will feed on just about anything but a live pilchard is probablly their favorite.
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- Fish tidal changes. Locate a good inlet to a bay or estuary and fish the inside edges (usually sand bar areas) on an incoming tide. Fish the ocean side outlet in the center or the edges on an out going tide. Fish during the hour when tidal changes are the strongest. Snook are opportunistic and will sit in one location waiting for the baitfish, shrimp or crabs to come to them!
- Big snook love bridge pilings, docks, boat hulls, and sea walls. To catch the biggest fish, you must ply the biggest structure at night.
- Fish the mangrove lined shorelines, and the front sides of bars, etc., on the incoming tides. Fish the mouths of creeks, bays, and tributaries on the outgoing tides.
- When using circle hooks and a snook bites.. resist the temptation to jerk your fishing rod. Give the snook a few seconds to set the circle hook naturally before starting your reel in!
- Try fishing the surf during the summer and fall, especially early in the morning where the white water appears near the beach. Use only large or extra large shrimp and larger artificial lures. Large flies can be useful too.
- Look for larger quantities of shrimp moving in and out with the new moon tides. Wherever you find a lot of shrimp, snook are sure to be nearby!
- Often overlooked by snook fishermen, crabs are a good bet for snook, especially on cloudy days. Crabs are an important natural diet of medium to large size snook.
- Fish for snook in warmer waters. During the winter snook will migrate inshore to rivers and canals, whether fresh or saltwater. Snook are sensitive to cold water( below 70 degrees Farenheit) and will seek shallower and warmer waters.
- Snook fishing from piers and bridges at night can be awesome! Choose an area away from other fishermen and one that has heavy shadows. Snook love to hangout in the dark shadows around pier pilings. Some guides prefer to anchor their boats about 30 feet from large bridges and use only large shrimp for night time snook fishing.
- Fish the ebb (outgoing) tides when the natural food supply of crustaceans like shrimp and crabs plus smaller fish are literally carried out by the rapid moving tidal waters.
- Snook usually prefer live bait such as pinfish, glass minnows, threadfin herring, medium to large sized shrimp and small crabs. Try live bait first. If no strikes are had in the first half hour, switch to a variety of snook artificial lures.
- When tying your own hooks (6/0 and above) to leader material, select a 50 lb. clear leader material. Buy the best you can afford! Don't be surprised if a big snook bites right through your 50 lb. leader!
- Any light hovering over a structure in saltwater - including bridges, piers, etc. - can hold snook. If you're fishing far back in inland canals, try to time your trips to be in position at the period of strongest tidal flow. Even in backwater canals where little or no tidal movement is visible, tides have a dramatic affect on the flow of bait - and the eating habits of snook. Moving water is key.
- Fish during weekdays and preferably week nights. Weeknight snook fishing can be the best.
- <FONT face="Verdana, Sans-SerifSnook congregate around turbulent water adjacent to bridge and pier pilings, especially when tidal movement is the greatest.
- When snook action is slow, try chumming with a mixture of cut up fish and menhaden oil. Chumming has a way of waking up the snook's appetite!
- Look for objects and obstacles in the water.. both underwater as well as protruding out of the water. Obstacles usually mean that the local moving water is more turbulent which snook love.
- Snook are scared by noise. Be silent as possible when approaching a suspected area where snook may be waiting!
- Another structure that attracts snook is a boat dock, particularly a lighted one along residential canals. Here you can still catch big snook, but they are smaller than the monsters that haunt the big bridges at night. The preferred tackle here is baitcasting rigs spooled with 14-20 pound line. Small jigs with plastic tails are the preferred artificials; with jumbo shrimp the choice of live baiters.