Monday, September 16, 2019

Snook Fishing Tips

Follow the Fish

For those of you that don’t have access to a boat, we thought it would be helpful to include a few tips and tricks you can use when beach fishing snook-friendly areas.

Beach Fishing for Snook
You will find that many snook will hang out around the shoreline, so there are plenty of beach fishing opportunities if that is how you want to fish. When doing so, remember that snook will most often be facing into the current so cast up the beach into the current.

You should never feel like you have to have a boat to get some great fishing in. Simply walking along the beach and shoreline may be all you need to do for an exciting and eventful fishing trip.

The Best Bait
The feeding pattern of snook varies throughout the year, so to determine the best bait to use is as easy as using whatever is more available. If you are fishing for snook in an area that has pinfish, then you need to consider the possibility of using a lure that mimics a pinfish.

One of my favorite beach baits is a 3” gulp shrimp with a ¼ oz red jighead bounced along the bottom.

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Nighttime Fishing
You should never be afraid of fishing in the dark. Yes, snook mainly feed during the day, but they are actually designed to feed at night. They possess larger eyes that sit high on the top of their head, and their body can sense movement in the water.

Bottom Line
When fishing for your snook, focus on the current, the structure, and the bait you are using. As always, you should also make sure you have the right gear and find the best spot along the beach for a more successful snook fishing trip.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in learning more about fishing in our area, it’s best to hire a professional guide before going out on your own to gain local knowledge of tackle, baits, areas to fish, local regulations, and more. Send us an email or give us a call to schedule an “on the water” educational fishing charter. Our specialty is getting families out for an enjoyable and memorable day in the shallow and calm waters here in the 10,000 Islands and the Everglades National Park, Florida. We can be reached at www.captainrapps.com or email captainrapps@yahoo.com or call 239-571-1756. Tight lines and best of luck in your fishing adventures.

Captain Brandon has been fishing the 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park as a full time guide for the last 11 years. He grew up fishing these waters and has never left them. He has since been joined by his two sons, who now guide with him. He and his wife opened Everglades Bait and Tackle back in 2012 so his whole family has fishing in their blood.

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