Snook fishing seems to have recovered from the major fish kill we had a few years ago. This spring we have had 40 to 50 fish days.
Snook fishing takes place on the flats, in and around creeks, on rivers and near the passes depending on the time of year. The main bait for them is scaled sardines, but grass grunts can also be very effective on the beaches and in the passes. Snook fishing is becoming a lost art. Good snook fisherman pay attention to the smallest details. I am fortunate to fish snook areas that my family has been fishing since the 1920s. While these fish are making a come back, the stock is no where near what it use to be. The old timers tell me snook stories that often blow my mind. Here are some pictures of the 2015 snook run:
Snook are a special game fish. They are a tropical fish that lives in the subtropical parts of Florida. Therefore, the die in prolonged cold water conditions. My practice is to not kill snook when they are in season. Fish are a limited public resource, and if to many people harvest them, that resource will come to an end. Red fish and trout are not as environmentally sensitive as snook. Reds and trout make great take home fish. My hope is to help educate people about these special fish so that it will be here for generations.