This gamefish is one of the most sought-after of the inshore species. It pulls like a freight train and is acrobatic, too.
The snook is very easily identified by the long black lateral line on its side. The lateral line helps them pick up vibrations from baitfish and other prey. Other distinct characteristics of the snook are its divided dorsal fins, long sloping forehead, and protruding lower jaw. The fins are yellowish gold in color and are much brighter during spawning season.
Snook fishing around Key Largo and the Upper Keys can be some of the best that you will ever find. These highly sought-after prizefighters are plentiful in eastern Florida Bay and the Flamingo area. Snook can also be found along mangrove shorelines, on the shallow areas referred to as “flats,” and in the deeper creeks and channels.
There are many different techniques used when snook fishing, some of which are casting plugs and live baits to shorelines, throwing soft plastic jerk baits and spoons on the flats, and using a jig and live bait combination in the creeks and channels.
Juvenile snook prefer fresh or brackish water habitats but must move into saltwater to spawn, so what better place to find snook than right here at the end of the Everglades. Snook can also be taken on a variety of fly patterns, created to appear just like their favorite bait.
Not only are these fish heavy-duty fighters, they are some of the tastiest fish you’ll ever eat.