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just moved to florida from the fertile waters of virginia beach and can't wait to get a snook hooked up. fished john's pass on a strong outgoing tide and caught a spottted trout. but i need some snook advice, as i have never had the oppurtunity to fish for this species before. any tarpon hints will be gladly accepted as well. thanks
 

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Welcome to the Board sandcasting .

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. 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 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.
Good luck in your quest of landing the Mighty Snook.:D

You have 4 to pick from:
#1 The common snook is the largest and most common and is the species caught by most anglers. In Florida waters, it may grow to 48 inches and 38 pounds.
#2 The fat snook, C. parallelus, which seldom reaches 24 inches, has a squarish-shaped body covered with scales that are smaller than those on the common snook.
#3 The tarpon snook, C.pectinatus, is another small form with a squarish body, but it has larger scales than the fat snook does and has an upturned mouth, similar to a tarpon's mouth.
#4 The swordspine snook C.ensiferus, is rare; it is the smallest species and has a grotesquely large anal spine. The three smaller species are found in extreme southern Florida, usually upstream in coastal rivers or less saline habitats in the upper estuary.

FYI :
http://www.fish4fun.com/snook.htm
http://www.dto.com/swfishing/species/map.jsp

Best Places to findem:
http://www.dto.com/swfishing/species/bodies.jsp?speciesid=427&state=fl

Posted season Snook:

West Coast Not less than 26", or more than 34" Dec. 15 - Jan 31,of each year and from May 1 to August 31 1 per person per day Snook permit required when saltwater license required. State regulations apply in federal waters. Illegal to buy or sell snook
Snook:
East Coast Not less than 26", or more than 34" Dec. 15 - Jan 31,of each year and from June 1 to August 31 2 per person per day Snook permit required when saltwater license required. State regulations apply in federal waters. Illegal to buy or sell snook


 
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