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 large crustaceans. You will find snook in the flats of Florida Bay or in Everglades National Park along the mangroves in the spring and summertime.
Flats fishing in the Florida keys for snook can be an exciting fishing experience to say the least this backcountry fishing experience is second to none. Snook are hard fighters and very challenging to any angler. Florida Flats fishing charters are the best way to land this sport fish. Normally you will find this fish tucked up in the mangroves or shore lines of Florida Bay and Everglades National Park Flamingo.