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PostSubject: Snook in FL?   Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:56 pm

I find myself in the fortunate position of having the opportunity to fish for Snook when their season opens up next month. I'm staying 10 blocks from the Lake Worth, FL yak launch which is just downstream from some man-made islands called Snook Islands [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Anyone have experience with either Inter-coastal yakking or Snook fishing? I figure any pre-trip knowledge is a real plus. I figure to carry some gear down, but I'll just rent a local yak.
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PostSubject: Re: Snook in FL?   Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:13 pm

I have no personal experience, but I have seen several videos showing snook being caught in bridge shadow lines and under dock lights. Seems like striper tactics would translate. One guide fishes a loud, busy bar on the intercoastal at night and kills fish to 30" literally under the feet of the drinking patrons. Find a place like that and fish the lights. Then join them topside for a refreshment. Good luck. Post your results.
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PostSubject: Re: Snook in FL?   Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:48 pm

I'm sorry to say I don't have much to add. Seaflea, Flyguide and I spent 10 days in Chokoloskee last year with some of the derelicts from the Hole kayak fishing forum. They showed us around and taught us the best they could. We managed a lot of snooklets in the mangroves, but my biggest only went 20 or 22 inches.

We were using small jigheads (1/8-1/4 oz) and root beer Gulp! shrimp with chartreuse tails. We were told to cast up into the shallows or oyster bars and work the jig into deeper water. That 20" or so snook I managed to catch came from 6" of water!

That's all I know. I hope it helps and that you share some cool pics. Have a great time!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Snook in FL?   Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:44 pm

I went out Snooking a couple of years ago on a friends flats boat. First thing we did was went to his bait area and opened a can of cat food and threw it in. A few minutes later he threw his cast net and pulled a bucket of pinfish. Then we moved over to a set of islands anchored up and started casting the bait. As soon as it drifted past us it was game on. When the Skeeters chased us out we moved into the lit docks. If there is light there will be fish. You'll get 1 maybe 2 fish then their spooked for a while, so move around. Good Luck
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