The snook has a most distinctive body shape, featuring a tapered head and snout, underslung lower jaw, large fins and, most distinctive of all, a prominent black stripe running the full length of the lateral line. The stripe is present in all species of snook. Coloration is generally dark gray to black on the dorsal surface, shading to silvery on the sides. The fins are yellowish. With many inshore fish, the coloration may vary with season and habitat. Snook of inside waters usually have darker sides.
Generally, the size range is from 3 to 15 pounds. Snook weighing 20 to 30 pounds are not unusual on either coast, especially around inlets and passes during the summer, when spawning takes place. A number of snook topping 40 pounds have been caught over the years on both coasts, and the maximum may be 60 or more. World record 53 pounds, 10 ounces; Florida record 44 pounds, 3 ounces
Snook are proportionately very thick through the shoulders, and their fillets represent a higher portion of total weight than most other fish. The fillets are mild yet flavorful and are ranked at the top of nearly everyone’s list of favorite fish.
One of the best for all-around fighting ability. The fight is usually featured by several long runs and a few jumps. Small snook leap high in the manner of ladyfish, while the really big females manage to clear only about half their bodies. Snook also are past masters at utilizing shoreline roots or any other obstructions to their advantage.
Even though spinning and baitcasting tackle are the most used, light saltwater boat rods get plenty of action, particularly when live-baiting in passes and inlets. Even heavier gear often gets the call for fishing from piers and bridges. Surf tackle can be useful at times, although surf snook are usually close to the beach, in easy range of casting gear. Fly fishermen take their snook on large streamers and poppers, for the most part, while hard-lure casters rely heavily on mirror plugs, bucktail and plastic jigs, jerk plugs, spoons and topwater plugs. Any small fish makes good live bait, as do live shrimp and crabs. Schooling baitfish, such as pilchards, work wonders as both live chum and bait. Large dead baits fished on bottom take some very big snook; best are mullet heads and ladyfish heads or halves.
Still Fishing; Casting; Trolling; Drift Fishing.
A tropical species, snook are found on the larger islands of the Caribbean, including Cuba, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.They are absent from the Bahamas, except for an occasional straggler in Bimini. In Florida, they are largely confined to about the lower half of the Peninsula. However, a few successive years without damaging freezes will send them spreading northward, particularly on the Atlantic Coast, where they have been fishable even around Jacksonville at times. On the Gulf side, the Homosassa River seems to be the limit of their range, although wandering individuals are caught in the Panhandle on occasion. Even on the lower Gulf Coast, occasional freezes kill many snook. Serious kills are far less common on the Atlantic side, where deeper, warmer water is closer at hand to provide a haven.
Snook are fished in a variety of settings—mangrove shorelines; grassy flats and potholes; passes and inlets.They love to hang around bridge and pier pilings, or any kind of snag. They also are excellent surf fish in many areas.
St. Lucie Snook
Forum member snookcook with nice night time snook!
Forum member SouthshoreSlayer and friends tripled up in Tampa Bay on some decent snook.
Big Bridge Snook
Michael Fabrizi caught this big snook while fishing around the Tierra Verde bridge.
Dane Yelencsics displays a snook, redfish and nice tarpon caught in Sebastian inlet at night.
Big Backwater snook
Rosemary White hoists up a christmas bruiser snook from the backwater.
Miguel Martinez shows off a nice snook caught in Miami on a snook jig.
Mullet Run Snook
Wesley Thomas with a bucket mouth snook, caught in Stuart during the mullet run.
Daniel Dolan caught this 47 inch snook in Stuart while fishing with livebait.
Kalyn Cocoran hoists up a nice snook caught in Jupiter.
Skinny Water Snook
Forum member Bassin Assassin with a 36 inch snook caught on a doa cal.
Happy woman angler with a beast snook.
Crystal River Snook
Forum member HammerheadTed with a 37 inch Crystal River snook.
Forum member Manbeast with a nice flamingo snook caught on a livebait.
Matt with a Nice Snook
Matt Larsen caught this 27 inch snook while fishing a dock in Sailfish Point in Stuart. This snook fell for a well placed live pinfish.
Vero Topwater Success
Forum member Net 30 and son got out and had success with the snook and redfish along the mangroves with topwater plugs.
Forum member Hammerhead Ted caught this beautiful snook on topwater while fishing Crystal River.
Big Bend Snook
Forum member HammerheadTed with a solid big bend snook on artificial.
Big ole Snook
Big ole snook caught by FS forum member lemaymiami.
Paddle Craft Snook
Nice size snook caught by an FS member.
FS member Marrio Castello with a big ole snook.
Big Beach Snook!
Mary Burr and Matt Wheeler of Tallahassee, while vacationing in Sanibel Island, FL caught this 37 inch snook, using a chunk of ladyfish as bait.
Pine Island Snook
Forum member CoTroutGuy caught this nice snook while fishing the flats of Pine Island.
Forum member SLW UroCane caught this snook at the Fort Pierce Inlet, on a pompano jig.
Forum member KingCatch with this snook on a windy day
Julia holding up the snook she accidentally caught while practicing her cast
Snook by Foot
Kendall is proud of her personal best on light tackle caught on foot. She used a Red Head Silver Aquadream to catch this 41" slob.
Personal Best 42
Forum member harrisa2006 showing off his canal snook. "This snook was so BIG, that it did not even look like a snook anymore, it looked like a living dinosaur. She measured to be a thick, super healthy, heavy, 42 inch mega snook."
Jensen Beach Snook Babe
Florida Sportsman Ryan Newman shows off his catch of the day, an adorable Jensen Beach juvenile snook.
Lemon Bay Snook
Taylor Simpson caught this nice snook in Lemon Bay on June 3rd.
Forum member syxx has been having great inshore success. Here's a beautiful Islamorada snook.
Gasparilla Sound Snook
Kayla Mudano showing off a big snook taken in Gasparilla Sound on a crab.
Forum member NickCR holding a slot size snook while fishing with his buddies.
Forum member Tailingreds with a solid snook!
Lake Wales Snook
Florida Sportsman Forum Member Ptsrhenry pulled in this nice Snook while fishing Lake Wales.
Florida Sportsman Forum Member AmirMettawa caught this Snook off the rocks in Marco Beach near Coral Springs.
Florida Sportsman Forum Member Bonesmuggler caught this nice snook while using his fly rod in Flamingo Island.
Florida Sportsman Forum Member whatzsnooking caught this nice Snook while fishing in Flamingo Island.
36 inch Snook
Florida Sportsman Forum Member flcracker64 had her 9 year old grandson land this over slot beauty. Good job little grom!
Indian River Snook
Greg Husnander holds this monster snook he caught in Stuart while fishing the Indian River Lagoon. Nice work!
Spring snook lurking around structures.
Pictured here are a school of snook hiding under the docks of Anna Maria island.
Crack the Mullet Code=Snook
Eric Lion is featured here with a lunker of a snook which was caught off the seawall in Loxahatchee River.
Drew's Massive Snook
Art director Drew Wickstrom holds a huge 42 inch snook estimated to weigh 30 pounds caught on a buck head jig.
Sebastian inlet night fishing
Florida Sportsman member Final point caught this over slot female snook while night fishing in Sebastian Inlet.
Shane Brosche captures this awesome action shot of this Snook he caught while fishing the Oslo Flats in Vero Beach.
Capt. Andy Tasker of Southeast Florida holds this monster Snook he caught while night fishing in Stuart.
Lunch break Snook
Here at Florida Sportsman, we tend to enjoy tossing in a line or two during our lunch break to see what species we can pull out of our very own back yard. Here's Trey Wheeler with a over slot Snook that was caught using a pink Vudu mullet and was safely released back into it's environment.
Luis Garcia with a nice snook caught off the beach.
33 Inch Freshwater Snook
Nice snook caught in a freshwater river on a worm!
41 Inch Snook
41 inch snook caught by forum member OverslotsOnly
Intern Blake Bramblett with a nice 31 inch Snook he caught while night fishing the inshore bridges of Stuart.
Forum member Pmoconnor89 caught these Snook and Jack on his kayak while throwing a jerkbait on a jig head.
Will Blackwell with a solid Snook caught off of his kayak.
Monte Rann caught this nice Snook in indiatlantic on a spoon
Lighthouse Beach Snook
Joel Arias Jr. 10 years old from Pine Island Florida and his grandfather Raul Hernandez from Florida City Fl caught this snook at Sanibel Lighthouse Beach on Saturday July 6, 2013. That fish put on a great fight and Joel was glad grandpa was close to him.
4th of July Snook
I caught this snook on Marco Island on the 4th of july! It made for great fireworks on a deck boat in the mangroves. He was caught around 2pm
Nice catch in a little snook canal
Drew Hughes caught his 36\" snook in the Indian River Lagoon using live pilchards
48in Canal Snook
Shane Laychur of Stuart caught this Monster canal snook on a jig. The snook was revived and safely released. Nice fish Shane
Rainy Day Snook
Drew Hughes struggles to hold up this snook after a grueling battle, the snook was caught on live pilchards while fishing with the \"Reel Trouble' fishing crew
33 inch Snook
Trent Slattery caught this beauty of a snook fishing on his boat \"Reel Trouble\" out of Stuart, Florida
Kalina's First Snook
10 Year old Kalina caught her first Snook on a live shrimp out of Naples fishing off of Wiggins Pass Great Job Kalina
9yr old Coby Flannery with Trout & Snook caught last weekend on live pilchards in St Lucie flats Stuart. Both Coby & Tyler guided by Capt. Jon Lulay.
FS Member USNavy_Angler and his friends had quite the successful trip to Flamingo Island
FS Member USNavy_Angler and his friends had quite the successful trip to Flamingo Island
Monster Snook caught on a spillway in Port St. Lucie
28 inch Snook
SnookSlayer247 caught this Slot snook on his second outing of the day
30-5 inch Snook
FS Member Bassin Assassin caught this snook in Domino Park
Hi All. I just caught my first Snook tonight right out back on our dock. I was surprised he did not fight much. I just had my pole sitting with frozen squid dropped right below the dock on the rocks in less then 4 feet of water. I had put out a chum bag about an hour prior to get the fish coming around. This was one of my goals to catch a Snook. They are beautiful. He was 17\" inches long.
Big Guy with a big snook
44\" snook it looks small but I am 6'5\" tall and 240lbs. I tried to get my girlfriend to get a picture but it was too heavy for her to hold. Caught on a MirrOlure in Cockroach Bay
Mama Snook on Artificial
Harry Bell caught this big snook on an artificial lure while fishing inside the Sebastian Inlet.
Harry Bell caught this snook at Sebastian Inlet, FL using an artificial lure.
Tampa Bay Snook
It was a good October day in Tampa Bay. Uyen Tran with two slot reds and a nice snook.
Flamingo snook caught on light tackle with a live pilchard. Amazing fish and a tremendous fight. Caught by Eric Cili fishing with Captain David Whetstone.
Caught in Apollo Beach in the mouth of a canal on a strong incoming tide. Hooked using a Bomber Badonk-a-Donk Silver Minnow.
Lisa's Fall Snook
Lisa Johnson caught this 44-inch snook at the St. Lucie inlet with a live mullet. The snook was released safely.
JR Amalfitano caught this 36 inch snook on a Mark Sosin Salt Water Excalibur Spit'n Image at St. Joseph's Sound.
Amy Bischof with an Estero snook at sunset.
The Real McCoy Snook
Shawn McCoy caught this snook in the Crystal River.
Nina Hlinka, 21, of Parrish Florida caught this 31 inch snook on a live scaled sardine in Sarasota Bay.
Grey and White Snook
Gary Gleichman caught this 39 inch snook on a 9 wt rod with a grey and white clouser.
Frank Hughes caught this monster 42\" snook in Stuart, Florida
Sebastian Inlet Snook
Austin May caught this 38-inch snook while fishing a live croaker in the Sebastian Inlet.
Captiva Island Snook
Cash Collins, age 4 of Ocala, FL and his family fished with Capt Bryan Dollar near Captiva Island; Cash caught his first snook, an 8-pounder.
A great Fathers Day fishing out of Flamingo with Hell's Bay Guide Captain Denkert.
Dead Wood Snook
Florida Sportsman member, JSTickum, caught a few snook while shore fishing; they were mostly found around some dead wood.
Florida Sportsman member, Binder077, planned to catch some tarpon but ended up with some snook instead. Here is his buddy Billy with a 34 1/2\" snook.
Southwest Matlacha Snook
Kevin West caught this matlacha snook while fishing in the southwest region of Florida.
Cam Simon caught this snook off of a topwater mirror lure around the mouth of a creek.
Shore Fishing Snook
Nick DeSantis caught this snook while shore fishing.
FS member, ScottBrown, had spent the last few trips in the Everglades National Park and the action had been incredible as usual. The Snook were in their summer spawning rituals and had been ripping drag off the Shimano's.
Golden Gates Snook
Florida Sportsman member, Tarponfly49, caught this snook while trolling in the Golden Gates Estates, north of Naples, Florida.
Florida Sportsman member, SnookMagnet, and Capt. Joe Cassaro caught this snook, their biggest of the day at 32 inches.
Apollo Beach Snook
Hector caught this 29\" snook in the Apollo Beach flats area of Tampa Bay.
2nd Place Snook
Lauren Murphy caught this snook with Kevin Baumiller during the Florida Sportsman southeast fishing bash and placed second.
Everglades City Snook
This snook was caught inshore while fishing in Everglades City, it weighed in at 10.5 lbs and 35 inches.
Jeff and daughter Jacie, age 6, spent a Saturday out fishing for snook and reeled in one perfect catch.
Nathan Huegel caught this snook in Clearwater, Florida.
Crescent Beach Snook
Triston Mayes caught & released this snook on Crescent Beach, Siesta Key with baitfish.
Dj Dan's Largest Snook
Florida Sportsman member, Dj Dan Decibel, caught his largest snook to date while fishing in the Evergaldes; the snook was measured at 35 inches.
FS member, Staz5, started his late night trip with topwater and Sebile Stick Shad around some mangroves, nothing hit for an hour. After a bunch of casts he hooked into something pretty good on the Sebile Stick Shad. After a pretty good fight I pulled in this snook around 37 inches.
Making a Killing for Snook
Ryan Killingsworth from Port St. Lucie, Florida caught this 27 inch snook in Fort Pierce on a split shot with shrimp.
Snook on an Outgoing Tide
Lenny Casimer caught this 39 ', 19 lb snook on an outgoing tide on Caladesi Island in Pinellas County.
Snook in Goodland
FS member, Nightlfy, caught this snook, and a few others, down in Goodland.
This snook was caught in the southeast region of Florida during a nighttime fishing trip.
Fort Lauderdale Snook
Captain Troy Faletra and angler Jamie Long caught this nice Fort Lauderdale snook.
First Time Snook
Vanessa Holly caught her first snook using live shrimp at Rivergate Park on the north fork of the St Lucie River in Port St. Lucie.
Great Southeast snook caught near the docks, a favorite spot for snook to hangout
Lake Ingraham Snook
Eddie Valle of Coral Gables with his over slot-sized 12lb snook caught on an artificial shrimp in the opening of Lake Ingraham Canal.
Day with Dad
After persisting her dad to take her fishing, Jacie caught a snook almost instantly
Larry's Stuart Snook
Slob of a Snook caught in Stuart
Rosemary White's Snook from Clearwater, Fl.
Joni Brightbill's 37\" snook caught near Longbay Key Pass in Sarasota, Fl.
Snake Bight Snook
Slot sized snook caught on the flats
Big snook roam the beaches in the summertime.
Capt. Ray Markham
Florida Sportsman's field editor Capt Ray Markham knows most of the snook in his area by name.
Nice clean water snook!
Florida Sportsman member troutman can also put his guests on some quality snook.
Dock Light Snook
Florida Sportsman member linesider41 caught this big dock light snook in the south region.
Little Manatee River Snook
FS Member Bassin Assassin caught this snook on the Little Manatee River.
Manatee River Snook
FS Member brettfox27 caught this small snook in the Manatee River.
Estero Bay Baby Snook
FS Member dtobias posted this baby snook from Estero Bay.
Estero Bay Snook
FS Member dtobias posted this snook from Estero Bay.
SE Canals Snook
FS Member CaptCapeCoral caught this big snook in the SE Canals.
Florida Sportsman member FISHHUNTR poses with an elusive \"turning basin\" snook from Ft. Pierce.
Stuart Snook with Son
Florida Sportsman member Tipbone shows off a nice Stuart snook with his son.
Weedon Island Snook
FS Member flaswimbaiter caught this snook from his canoe near Weedon Island.
Florida Sportsman member RDO 70 caught this snook off Flamingo.
Florida Sportsman member Sierra Bravo posted this snook caught near Flamingo.
Tampa Bay Snook
FS Member flaswimbaiter caught this 32-inch snook off Tampa Bay.
Ft. Lauderdale Slot Snook
Florida Sportsman member Linesider41 caught this slot snook near Ft. Lauderdale.
FS Member Dj Dan Decibel posted this snook catch from the Chokoloskee area.
Florida Sportsman member paint it black posted this Flamingo snook.
Fort Myers Snook
Kurt DeChristopher caught this 33 inch snook on live shrimp while fishing in Ft. Myers.
Big Everglades Snook
FS Member Mangroovin posted this photo of his friend John with a big Everglades snook.
Florida Sportsman member COBRA caught this snook near Flamingo
Pirate Harbor Snook
April Davis takes control of an overslot snook while fishing with boyfriend Neil Persohn. April and Neil were fishing near Charlotte Harbor.
FS Member Dj Dan Decibel posted this snook catch from the Choko area.
Florida Sportsman member HialeahAngler caught this snook out of Flamingo.
Florida Sportsman member Capt. Darren Williams caught this snook off Flamingo
Bonita Springs Snook
November 10, 2011. Corey Kalisik, 7, fooled this snook with a Yo-Zuri while night fishing with his father and grandfather in Estero Bay.
St. Lucie Snook
December 8, 2011. Dakota Cooper shows off this 29 inch snook he caught while fishing on the St. Lucie River in Stuart.
Jared with Flamingo Snook
Florida Sportsman member lemaymiami posted this snook caught by his 14-year old son Jared, near Flamingo.
Gigantic summer snook taken by a sight-fishing angler in Southeast Florida.
Snook Surf Fishing
The 'other side ' of Florida snook surf fishing: A breezy day and a spawning-size fish on Jupiter Island.
39 inch Jenson Beach Snook
Florida Sportsman Forum Member surfman showing off his over slot snook.
Catch and Release
12 yr. old Luke Duwa from New Port Richey caught and released his first Snook at Anclote key. Luke caught the snook using a tail hooked live shrimp with a 2/0 Owner circle hook.
That's a big snook!
West Central Snook
Landon caught his own snook.
You don't find snook much further north on the Gulf Coast than Yankeetown, FL, but with increasingly warmer winters we may see Yankeetown snook more and more frequently.
FS Member capt louie caught this snook near Yankeetown.
40.5 inch Snook by Bob Bowman.