What a great fighting fish.
Cast a lure into the Mangroves, just when your arm is ready to fall off from all of the casting it happens.
A giant Snook (from 20 inches to 40 inches ) explodes the surface on your lure. When he feels the hook s the Snook turns and heads right into the Mangrove roots. It is now your goal to stop him so he does`nt wrap around a barnacle covered root and cut you off. Getaway is the Snooks middle name. Who is smarter , that is debatable. When the snook is released at the boat you are. But I am sure you have heard from the best fishermen how the Giant Snook gotaway. If you would like the odds to be in your favor I will try to help you with a few tips.
I enjoy fishing with the lightest tackle but with Snook fishing I adapt to the type of area the Snook are in at the time.
Mangroves: With baitcasting spool it with 50lb. braided line. A good line should be like the diameter of 15lb test monofilament. Atleast a 50lb Flourocarbon leader should be attached to a bimini twist . When the Snook bites this is the equipment needed to stop the fish from reaching a safe escape.
Sandbars in an open area : I like Spinning tackle. Spool with 12lb. test Monofilimant or 20lb Braid is sufficient to tackle a large Snook in open water. A bimini twist for the schock and a 50lb Flourocarbon leader will save a cutoff or a break on the initial bite. Snook have a gill plate that is razor sharp and that has caused many cutoffs that is why the 50lb leader is a must.
Shallow flats: Snook will leave the channels to forage the grass flats. Spinning Rod and reels with full spools of 10lb Test Monofilimant with a Bimini Twist to a 50lb test Flourocarbon Leader. A Johnson Gold Spoon no larger than one half ounce with a weed guard is my favorite lure on the flats. I cast as far as possible and retrieve at a very slow pace. Many snook have fallen prey for this approach.
Deep Channels : My favorite lure is a Red and White Mirror Lure fished very slow and let it sink near the bottom.
The knowledge of Tidal Flow is the most important part of what area is best to fish. The Mangroves require a Higher Tide. The sandbars require tides that are moving causing a lot of current. Shallow Flats need a low Incoming Tide causing the crabs and Shrimp to come out of the grass and the holes they hide in when there is very low or no water. Deep channels are best at the lower tides so that when the Snook leave the flats they go to the nearest deep er holes or channels.Categories: Captain Brian's Blog