(Illustration © Diane Rome Peebles)
Identification & Features
- Distinct lateral line
- High, divided dorsal fin
- Sloping forehead
- Large mouth, protruding lower jaw
- Grows much larger than other snooks
- Pelvic fin yellow
Snook are found from central Florida south, usually inshore in coastal and brackish waters. They are also common along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges. Snook are also on reefs and around pilings nearshore.
They congregate in large schools during summer in deep passes and inlets to spawn. Snook begin life as males, but between 18 and 22 inches long some become females. Spawning occurs primarily in summer. Snook school along shore and in passes during spawning season. They feed on fish and large crustaceans.
Occurring in shallow coastal waters (up to 20 metres (66 ft) depth), estuaries, and lagoons, the fish often enters fresh water. It is carnivorous, with a diet dominated by smaller fishes, and crustaceans such as shrimps, and occasionally crabs.
Grows to a maximum overall length of 140 centimetres (4.6 ft) and a maximum recorded weight of 24 kilograms (53 lb; 3.8 st)
Angling Tips & Techniqus
They often orient themselves to face moving water and wait for prey to be carried down the current. Snook jump clear of the water, and burst into long runs. Use live pinfish, small mullet, shrimp, or sardines free-lined or fished off the bottom with a fish finder rig. They take a large variety of lures based on water conditions. Beware of the snook’s razor-sharp gill covers! Snook make excellent table fare. Snook cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60˚F. Also, snook can tolerate wholly fresh or saltwater.
Hook Styles: 084, 190, 254, 25SS, 6331
Hook Styles: L1, L2, L3, L669, L197, L2004, L2004EL, L2005, L2007B, L2011S, L2020, L2022, L2013BM, L2045, L7228BP, L8197
LINE: Eagle Claw Clear Blue