Snook

Appearance:

  • The common snook has a distinct lateral line
  • A high, divided dorsal fin
  • Sloping forehead
  • Large mouth
  • Protruding lower jaw
  • Grows much larger than other snooks
  • Yellow pelvic fin
  • There are five different species of snook that inhabit Florida waters: common snook, small-scale fat snook, large-scale fat snook, swordspine snook, and tarpon

Habitat:

Snook can tolerate a wide range of salinity and may be found in fresh water. However, they are extremely sensitive to temperature. A strong, fast moving cold front through an area containing snook may claim many lives due to the rapid drop in water temperature.

Behavior:

Snook are known as "ambush feeders" meaning that they'll surprise attack their prey as it swims or moves into range. This occurs especially at the mouths of inlets where the snook waits in hiding behind bridge pilings, rocks, or other submerged structures. Besides preying on small fish, snook also feed on shrimp, crabs, and mollusks.

State Record:

Conventional Tackle: 44 lb, 3 oz, Ft. Myers

Fly Fishing Tackle: 30 lb, 4 oz, Chokoloskee

Fishing Tips and Facts:

A snook permit is required to fish when a saltwater license is required. It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

For saltwater fishing regulations, please visit the Florida Administrative Code (FAC) Web site, Chapter 68-FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION located at:https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=68B-21