For the past three months, Angler’s have had plenty of time preparing for the opening of snook season. Just in case you have never caught a snook here are some interesting facts about snook. Five species of Snook (common snook, small scale fats snook, large scale fat snook, Tarpon snook, and sworn spine snook) live within our state waters. The most common snook that is caught is the common snook. Life expectancy of a snook is ( females 21 years and males 15 years). Typically, spawning occurs in Florida from late spring until late summer. For the most part, snook do not migrate great distances. However, in late spring they will move from their winter hang out to their spawning grounds. When targeting snook, anglers should keep in mind that it is best to use artificial Lures such as MirrOLure Mirror 7-M, Yozuri Crystal Minnow, or scented jerk baits during the colder months. During the warmer summer months, anglers will want to target snook during low light conditions or at night. One bait that is sure to get plenty of attention is a live shrimp. Fishing near ambush points such as bridge fenders or docks that are lit up at night our best. Moving water is ideal when targeting snook. The best type of equipment to use in order to bring one of these fish to the boat is a 7 foot medium action spinning reel combo equipped with 30 pound test braided line and mono leader. Anglers should inspect their equipment before fishing. This will help win the battle of tug-of-war with one of the hardest fighting fish in our inshore waters. Snook have a closed season from December 15 to January 31, and June 1 to August 31 in the Atlantic waters with a legal size limit of 28 to 32 inches. Angler’s are permitted to legally harvest one snook per day with a $10 snook permit. The state record for snook weighs in at 44 pounds. Throughout our region, Anglers can expect to catch many fish weighing up to 30 pounds.
In addition, Anglers can expect to catch a few nice size redfish. Large shrimp rigged under a popping cork, gold spoons or scented jerk baits will all work well when targeting reds. This is especially true in the northern end of the banana River. Angler’s will want to fish there Baits near channel drop offs, sandy potholes, or structure. Sight casting will be the best when conditions are calm during the first few hours of the day. some of these reds will measure up to 30 inches in length.
Submitted By: Capt. Keith Mixon
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