Description: distinct lateral line; high, divided dorsal fin; sloping forehead; large mouth, protruding lower jaw; grows much larger than other snooks; pelvic fin yellow.
Similar Fish: other Centropomus.
Where found: From central Florida south, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings near shore. You will find that the snook fishing in Miami, Key largo and Everglades National Park heats up during summer months. It is not uncommon to boat 20 to 30 snook per trip in the summer months.
Size: most catches 5 to 8 pounds.
*Florida Record: 44 lbs., 3 ozs.
Remarks: spawns primarily in summer; cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60 degrees F; can tolerate wholly fresh or saltwater; schools along shore and in passes during spawning season; feeds on fish and larrge crustaceans. You will find snook in the flats of Florida Bay or in Everglades National Park along the mangroves in the spring and summertime.
Backcountry fishing or flats fishing for snook can be a great fishing trip and challenging at times. Snook are hard hitters when they go for the bait and our very fun to catch in the flats of Florida bay. Miami also has some great snook fishing in the waterways that run along the main highways. For some great snook fishing, South Florida is a hot spot.