Fishing for Snook

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.

How Frontiers Can Help Your Dream Snook Become a Reality 

We have five decades of experience and our services are free. There are no surcharges for our efforts and advice. So why not give our team a call! Remember, we want to speak to you so we can best advise you! Below you will find a list of our fishing experts. Contact one of our consultants and they will do the following for you:

  • Talk you through the options and provide you with impartial advice that you will not receive directly from a lodge. We have 50 years of sporting travel experience!
  • If you like what you hear, we will book your trip and assist with all preparations.
  • Frontiers will provide you with our industry leading pre-trip prior to your departure, which will tell you what to pack and how things will work.
  • If you need equipment, we will put you in touch with some of the most knowledgeable people in the business. They will provide you with exactly what you need.
  • While you travel, Frontiers provides 24-hour emergency contact.


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.    

Ask The Expert

Senior Program Manager

Specializes in Bahamas and Christmas Island fishing, and United States wingshooting programs.

Department Manager

Specializes in saltwater fishing and big game hunting.

Senior Program Manager

Specializes in Belize, Cabo San Lucas and American West fishing programs.

UK Managing Director


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