During the spring season in Tampa Bay, snook are heading towards the flats, passes and bridges. Fishing for this top Floridian game-fish can be extremely productive because these snook are seeking to fill their stomachs after the cooler, bait-less months.
Did you know that snook are a topical species living in the subtropical parts of Florida? These line-sided bruisers are a special resource to the Tampa Bay area. In order to protect this sensitive species, snook are highly regulated by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation. On our charters, we recommend catch and release for all ecologically sensitive fisheries.
To catch fall snook, one of the best baits available is scaled sardines, also known as: white bait, green backs, shiners or pilchards. During this season, scaled sardines become relatively easy to catch, unlike the rest of the year. Essentially, bait is everywhere and can be caught with just one throw of the cast net.
In Tampa Bay, snook spend most of their time around mangrove islands. On our charters, free lining live white bait up against the mangroves gives one the best opportunity to catch big snook.
Our snook trips take place in Upper Tampa Bay. The boat ride to a good fishing spot will usually take about fifteen minutes at the speed of twenty knots. On the good days, we can catch up to 50 fish. Once the snook is on the your line, let him run until the drag is done screaming. When it stops swimming, reel the line in smooth and steady towards the boat. Snook fishing can be a blast and you might even catch the fish of a life time.