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Big Bend Florida Sportsman Guide

Fishing Tactics

Snook Fishing

snook fishing tactics from big bend florida sportsman guide

The snook is a fish that I have seldom caught while fishing in the Big Bend Area.  I have sure seen some very large ones up in the Blue Water Springs during the winter but I have never had the pleasure of catching one from that spring.  I do know of a few folks who have been successful.  Mostly at night, using live bait around the perimeter area of lit docks up in the springs.

Common Snook

snook fishing tactics from big bend florida sportsman guide

Family Centropomidae, SNOOKS
Centropomus undecimalis

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 NEARSHORE.

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.

* The Florida records quoted are from the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are provided as only as a benchmark.


Min. Size Limits: Not less than 26" not more than 34" 

Closed Seasons: Dec. 15-Jan. 31 of each year & May, June, July, Aug.

Daily Rec. Bag Limit:  Gulf, Monroe, Everglades: 1 per person per day
Atlantic: 2 per person per day

Remarks:  Snook permit required when saltwater license required. State regulations apply in Federal waters. Illegal to buy or sell.