The Quick And Easy Guide On How To Catch Snook


Snook fish is one of the most popular and regulated game fishes among anglers, and you would find this water species in various fishing locations at different times of the year.

When I was young, I told my uncle to buy me a snook fish for dinner; however, he told me that I need to catch one for myself if I want to eat them because buying and selling this type of fish is illegal. Hence, my uncle taught me how to catch snook.

You can only use hook and line when catching this challenging aquatic animal. Furthermore, the law only allows one catch per day, and the size or the total length must not be less than 28 inches and not be more than 32 inches.

If you also want to taste or catch snook fish, I suggest that you keep reading this article as I will teach you the basics of chasing them. But before we proceed to the steps, let me first identify the things that we need.

Materials needed

1. Fishing Rod And Reel


Apart from fishing line, you cannot learn how to fish without this fishing tool. Manufacturers usually use fiberglass, wood, and bamboo when they produce fishing rods. These well-known fishing equipment are usually flexible and long. When you catch snooks, you should use a long stiff rod.

Moreover, the reel is the tool attached to the fishing rod. The purpose of this fishing device is to wind and unwind the fishing leader. Modern fishing reels help fishers to gain more control of the amount of force that they will use as fishing reels possess a complex adjustment system.

2. Fishing Line


The types of fishing leader that you should use for this fishing guide are fluorocarbon and braided fishing line.

I suggest that you use 10 to 15 pounds braided fishing leader that has 18 inches fluorocarbon line so you can increase your line protection during drag as Snook fish are known for exhibiting strong fights when you are retrieving them

3. Live Bait

The best live baits for catching snook fish are grunts, sardines, shrimps, and mullet. In my case, I always use live shrimps when I catch snooks as I know how to bait shrimp and I can attest that they are very effective with snooks.
You can try to buy any of these before you catch a snook. 


4. Hook


This fishing tackle is for impaling the snook fish in their mouth and for holding various live baits. If you are using a live shrimp, I suggest that you use a circle hook as this type of fishing tool has bait holding ability that is very effective.

5. Artificial Lures

If you don't want to use live baits and prefer using a lure, what I can advise you is to utilize suspension lures. They can simulate and imitate fish actions because of their design, and I can attest that they are very effective to use when catching a snook. 

6. Fishing Permit And License


When you fish for snooks, it is a must that you have the necessary license and permit so the law will not penalize you or put you in court for fishing illegally. 

The Step By Step Process

1. Identify Which Location You Can Catch A Snook

Usually, I catch this type of fish in places where there are plenty of huge marine species such a river mouths and estuaries. In these locations, snook fish can easily find their preys that are smaller than them. 

You should also remember that the season of the year can also give you an idea where you can catch a snook. Cold fronts force them to move or migrate to warm locations.

 The perfect spots where you can capture snook fish are deep holes, bridge or dock pilings, residential canals, seawall, flats, and beaches.

2. Know The Season When You Can Find Snooks

Keep in mind that summer and springtime when there are strong water movements and powerful currents are the best times to capture snooks. I suggest that you should not to catch a snook from May 1 to August 31 and from December 15 to January 31 as these times are closed season for snooks. 

3. Approach Properly

One fishing tip that I should advise you is that always be sneaky when you are capturing snooks as they may go away from the place near you or hide in the area. They can easily sense movements and noises so you should keep in mind not to make them scared. 

If you are fishing on a beach, I suggest that you are not riding on a boat, and stand on the sand at waist deep instead. Once you do this way, you can make movements smoothly and freely when casting and retrieval.

4. Cast The Right Way


When fishing snooks, you should use a long stiff rod so that you can cast it farther while you are keeping your distance from the target fish. During drag and retrieval, it also provides gentle handling to hooked snook fish; hence, the effort and force you use are not too much.

You should master tide tables first before you cast because you might end up casting in the wrong place where your target fish is not facing. When snooks feed themselves, they face the flow of the water because the current or tide will bring them their prey for them to ambush.

5. Play With The Fish And Tire It

As an angler, snook fish is one of the fighter fishes that you may encounter on your fishing adventures. Once you hooked them, they will they do everything they can so they can escape. 

Thus, you should be careful not to tighten your drag too much, just play with the snook until it gets tired that it can not jump and run anymore.

If you want a video presentation on how you can effectively catch snook, you can watch the video below:

Did you enjoy reading this fishing guide about how to catch snook? I reckon that you would also enjoy catching snooks especially if you follow the steps that I discussed in this fishing tutorial.

Since the law helps snooks to continue their survival and existence, most anglers practice catch and release; however, snooks might die due to lack of oxygen, hook wounds, and exhaustion when you execute this way of fishing. Thus, it is advisable to be careful while doing it quickly.

If you have some ideas regarding this fishing topic, please do not hesitate to post your comments below. You may also share this fishing tutorial with your friends.

Rebecca Lily

Hi, everyone! My name’s Rebecca, and I just love to write and to fish! My friends call me “Becca.” I’m 22 years old, single, and am currently residing in New York working at an office. Show more

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