If you have ever been fishing in the salty waters around the lower half of Florida or areas such as the Caribbean, Cuba, Hispaniola, or Puerto Rico, you may have been lucky enough to have a nice snook catch your line.
Snook are saltwater fish with a thin head and snout, an underslung lower jaw, large fins, and a large black stripe running the length of their body (arguably, its most distinguishing feature). They can range from 3 to 15 pounds, but a big snook can weigh upwards of 30 pounds! You may also have heard them called Ravillia or Robalo. They can be found in mangrove shorelines, grassy areas, water potholes, and water inlets, and snook generally feeds on small fish, shrimp, and crabs.
If you are interested in snook fishing in Fort Myers, Florida, we recommend enlisting the expertise of our boat captain at Caloosahatchee Cowboy Charters. We ensure that you have the right bait, lures, and other snook fishing equipment so that you have the best possible chance of landing a snook in our Florida waters.
Snook Fishing in Fort Myers
So, how exactly do you catch snook in Fort Myers? The first thing to know when it comes to snook fishing is where to find them, depending on the time of year. They do not travel too far throughout the year, but you will not find them in the same spot in the summer (beaches and passes) as you did in the winter (20+ feet below the water in canals, rivers, and estuaries).
Another important point to make note of is that snook fishing is not an easy task. Once you have a snook caught on your hook, it is not going to give up without a fight. Some may even jump high out of the water as they wrestle against your line. Be ready for that battle!
If you are fishing for snook in the grass flats and potholes in those flats, you can use a fly rod with the right fly for the job. Fly fishing for snook may also require you to sink the fly for a pothole with deep water.
One of the best parts of fishing for a snook is that you can do it from anywhere without a need for a boat. As long as you have baitfish that will attract snook, you can fish from the beach, bridges, piers, jetties, and around the mangrove shorelines. You can even fish for snook at night since snook will feed at any time of day or night (especially big snook).
What is the Best Snook Bait and Snook Lure?
One of the most important tips for getting a snook caught on your line is to know where to find snook and what the snook is eating. They primarily like to ambush and consume baitfish, so you will want to follow the current and be aware of the location of baitfish at any given time. Snook congregate in those locations. Places like among the mangroves and underneath bridges are ideal places to find baitfish and snook.
Having the right bait or lures is essential for just about any type of fish species you may be hoping to catch, including snook. Part of the beauty of fishing for a snook is the fact that you can use either artificial lures or live bait.
Live Bait vs. Artificial Lures
Live bait is always a great option because it provides an easy meal for the huge snook so there is an immediate attraction to that line. However, you will have to spend some time gathering the live bait, which may take time away from actually fishing for the snook. Your other option is using snook lures.
When it comes to an artificial lure, you have a wide variety of options to choose from for monster snook fishing. Snook lures come in many different shapes and sizes, and they can have many functions such as spinning, bobbing, popping, splashing and causing ripples on the water’s surface (imitating prey). Topwater lures (or topwater plugs) stay on the surface and make a noise when you pull them.
The lure you choose will also depend on the depth in which you will be fishing. For a shallow depth (such as sight fishing at the edge of the shoreline), you can use a topwater plug, soft plastic jerk baits, and hard plastic suspending twitch baits. If you are going 2-5 ft in-depth, try jigs, bucktails, swimbaits, and small lipped crankbaits. For water 5ft and deeper, your fishing technique for the target snook should include heavy jigs/bucktails, swimbaits, and large lipped crankbaits.
Colors for Artificial Lures
A snook jig may be one of the best types of lures to use because they come in a variety of colors that will likely get the attention of any passing snook. The jig for snook fishing is a bullet head jig ranging in weights from 1oz to 2.5oz, and they are created to last for several uses.
Contact our Snook Fishing Experts in Fort Myers
If you are interested in learning more about inshore fish strategies, surf fishing, or the best ways to catch a quality snook or other trophy fish, contact Caloosahatchee Cowboy Charters. We have years of experience getting novice anglers out on the boat and bringing back many snooks and other big fish after a great day on the water.
Our boat captain is well-versed in the best times to use artificial bait or live baits (live shrimp and other fish that snook enjoy), and he is dedicated to ensuring that your entire party has a great time catching the biggest snook possible. Call 239-628-2990 to schedule your chartered boat with Caloosahatchee Cowboy Charters in Fort Myers. We guarantee you will have a fun time and start to feel like a real angler!