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Beginning September 1st, the recreational harvest season for Florida’s game fish snook, opened statewide. Snook are very popular with recreational anglers due to their mild flavor and strong fighting spirit. Permits and recreational fishing licenses are required and the fish may be caught using hook and line only. There is a one-fish-per-person, per-day bag limit, the 28- to 33-inch total length slot limit for the Gulf and 28-to 32-inch requirement for the Atlantic.
Florida Sportsman member: Reef Bandit Motoring a few hundred yards, we all readied. It didn’t take long to find out that the next spot was loaded with big red snappers. We caught them one after another. The only problem was that they were out of season so we had to vent them and let them go.
Florida Sportsman member: ShallowSalt Biggest score of the week was a 19.5 pound blackfin tuna caught on 20 pound spin gear while drifting. We began to see the big boys skying about a quarter mile behind the boat and eventually they worked their way close enough and took a drifting bait behind the boat.
Florida Sportsman member: snookcook I prefer to fish at night or in the evening mainly to avoid the sun. Plus, the night time is the right time! The docks have been holding tons of trout and snook. The tarpon are here in huge numbers in the river and on the beach.
Florida Sportsman member: DogDoc He then took us to a flat where the bonefish were tailing and cruising everywhere. Small groups of 5 to 10 fish mixed with singles and doubles. On this one flat I saw more tailing bonefish than all of the bonefish I’ve seen in the Keys my entire life.
In the clear Gulf Stream water that sweeps along the coast of South Florida, wahoo aficionados use the scaled-down planer method to entice more strikes than they might otherwise get with the heavy lures and steel cable leaders used in high-speed trolling.
Florida Sportsman Member: Oldfloridaangler We were also joined by a few skittish tarpon, that were darting in and out of view snatching the baits as they frantically evaded the frenzy. The reds openly accepted anything with a bronze or new penny color.
Florida Sportsman member: bighardey We put the lines back out and slow trolled at 5 knots and about 11:15 on blue & green Islander skirted ballyhoo the hoo hits hard, heads deep. Yanked her back to the boat nice and easy, gaffed and put in the box. It was a super day and good to be back.
Florida Sportsman member: Captain Ross We’ve still been plugging away at tarpon at night, it was a bit inconsistent around the last full moon. One night we jumped six, the next night four, then the two following trips we jumped a big fat zero.
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