distinct lateral line; high, divided dorsal fin; sloping
forehead; large mouth, protruding lower jaw; grows much
larger than other snooks; pelvic fin yellow.
from central Florida south, usually INSHORE in coastal and
brackish waters, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and
bridges; also on reefs and pilings NEARSHORE.
catches 5 to 8 pounds.
Record: 44 lbs., 3 ozs.
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.
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.
Limits: Not less than 26" not more than 34"
15-Jan. 31 of each year & May, June, July, Aug.
Daily Rec. Bag
Monroe, Everglades: 1 per person per day
Atlantic: 2 per person per day
Snook permit required
when saltwater license required. State regulations apply in
Federal waters. Illegal to buy or sell.