September first marks the opening of Snook season in our intercoastal waterways. Fishermen of all skill rejoice in hopes that this is the year they’ll land the big one. As a 321 Boat Club Member you are in a unique position to think about snook and only snook this season. You have all the perks of boat ownership without actually having to deal with the cumbersome perils of boat ownership. So go ahead, map out your fishing grounds, research lures, and stock up on snacks – leave getting the boat ready and gassed up to us.
Snook is one of the most sought after fish in Florida as it extremely delicious, but not commercially available. You can only eat what you catch, the season is short, and the limit is one per person per day. If you are in search of snook, there are a few things you need to know.
There are five different species of snook. The most common is the common snook – go figure, but you may hook a small-scale fat snook, large-scale fat snook, swordspine snook, and tarpon snook – and if you do you’ll be the talk of the town for decades to come. Snook can handle varying degrees of salinity but are very temperature sensitive, which is why they find the Indian River Lagoon so nice. Another little-known fact about snook is that they are protandric hermaphrodites, which means they are able to change their sex when their environment calls for it. Which is a nice little factoid you can enlighten your fishing buddies with while out enjoying your boat rental.
Snook are not the easiest fish to catch. They are ambush feeders, which means you will only catch one if your lure happens land within their range. Finding their swimming grounds can be a bit difficult, but they tend to stay around the mouth of inlets where currents can drag unsuspecting fish, shrimp, crabs, and mollusks near their hiding spaces behind bridge pilings, rocks or other submerged structures. If you are looking for snook, find an area where you will have decent luck where the water is warm, current is strong, and there are spots for them to hide and lay in wait. If you are lucky enough to catch one, you will be in for quite a fight with a nice fish dinner to show for it. A snook that’s a keeper is between 28 and 32 inches, no more no less. However the largest snook ever caught on conventional tackle was 44 pounds and caught (and released) in Fort Myers.
While snook go for both live bait and lures, it is best to use lures during this season, and position yourself when there is an outgoing tide. Some anglers swear by “chumming” the water with crushed pin-fish or mullet first. This may or may not lure the snook out of their hiding spots in search of an snack. Areas near sand bars or in between mangrove groves, or bridge pilings provide great opportunity for catching a snook.
If you’re looking for snook, we wish you the best of luck! Do your research, buy your lures and make sure you’ve got the your favorite tackle, but most of all make sure you make a reservation with 321 Boat Club. You take care of this fishing, we’ll take care of the boat.