The common snook is a species of marine fish in the family Centropomidae of the order Perciformes. Common length is 50 cm (1.6 ft). The IGFA world record is 24.32 kg (53 lb 10 oz) caught in Parismina, Costa Rica. It possesses drab coloration except for a distinctive black lateral line. It can also have bright yellow pelvic and caudal fins, especially during spawn. The species is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from the coast of North Carolina to Brazil including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Occurring in shallow coastal waters (up to 20 m (66 ft) in depth), estuaries and lagoons, the fish often enter freshwater. They are carnivorous, with a diet dominated by smaller fish, and crustaceans such as shrimp, and occasionally crabs.
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We have outfitters in Florida, Mexico, Belize and Costa Rica who have lots of very good snook fishing.
We suggest a 9' fast action saltwater 9- or 10-weight rod with a strong saltwater reel with a strong drag. A weight forward saltwater taper line works fine. Snook do not run long distances, but you often need to pull them out of the mangroves or other cover. We suggest a light shock tippet.
A variety of baitfish and anchovy saltwater streamers work well in 1/0 or 2/0. We have better luck with white and lighter colors. Be sure to have some tied with mono weed guards since you are often casting into cover.
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Specializes in Bahamas and Christmas Island fishing, and United States wingshooting programs.
Specializes in saltwater fishing and big game hunting.