Snook anglers are chomping at the bits to get in some snook fishing beginning September 1st. The day marks the beginning of snook season which has been closed since June 1st.
Snook season remains closed on the Gulf Coast as research scientist have determined they still need time to recover from the killing freeze of 2010.
Anglers must adhere to strict slot limits and remember that only one snook per day, per angler is allowed for harvest. The slot for the Atlantic snook is not less than 28 inches or more than 32 inches.
Common advice for someone going into business is location, location, location. With snook fishing there is a slight variation on this time tested advice. Fishing for ambush feeding snook requires you to find, structure, structure, structure. It may be a simple drop off from a grass flat, a fallen tree in a backwater canal, a shallow water point, or one of the most favorite of all, the mangrove tree’s tangled roots that cover with rising tides and uncover with the falling tide. These are places where snook lay in wait, ready to pounce on their next meal.
A 6 to 7 foot medium to medium-heavy action spinning rod or baitcaster rigged with 20 pound braid and no less than 30 pound fluorocarbon leader works well for most snook. Fold back your braid about 12 inches to form a double line before connecting the leader with a double-uni knot. Trim off the excess line and leader and add a ¼ ounce jig head with an end-loop knot. D.O.A. jig heads with the barb bent down work well. Add a three to four inch plastic tail such as the C.A.L. Jerk Bait or Shad Tail and start casting to their lair. D.O.A. Shrimp are also a favorite of local snook anglers.
When choosing plastics use the old fishing adage of light colors for clear water and dark colors for dark water. Some gold flake is a good addition in either case. Remember, when fishing deeper water it is naturally darker near the bottom and it might be best to stick with a darker lure. Rootbeer with gold flake is a good place to start.
The season will close again on December 15, so take advantage of the open season while you can. If you are not familiar with the local waters consider hiring a fishing guide to improve your fishing success.
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