Snook Are Out There, You Just Have to Know Where to Fish

By Jonie Maschek

Last week I was told that snook season was open but not too many have been found.

So I started asking anglers, “Where are the snook?”

“They must not be fishing in the passes,” replied one angler.

Others responded with the following comments: Watch for water swirl, cast out and you will catch them, if you know how to work the swirl.

They are hard to see in the dark waters of the Bay.

Watch for a large surface wake, one larger than an average fish would make. Go for it, as it will be a snook.

I have seen schools of snook around Broken Bridge in the Little Manatee River.

Cast in the deep waters around rocky edges and once hooked get it away from the rocks or you will lose it.

I always catch my snook from the pier in Williams Park on U.S. 41, as snook are always there.

I only go to Simmons Park, that is the best place to find a snook.

The only place to catch a snook is Cockroach Bay.

I only fish in the Kitchen at Gardenville. If you don’t know where that is, it is in Gibsonton.

“I pole in near the shoreline around dusk and just wait and nine times out of 10, a snook will surface for food.

Just wait till the tide goes out, the snook come out of their holes in the mangroves. Be ready to start the chase but don’t spook them or you never see them again.

Snook are churning in the Alafia River again and I’m sure some have been boated.

The rivers are full of snook you just have to find your own strategies and tactics for catching ole’ mister snook.

I know a captain named Arthur Paiva who lives in Ruskin, known as Snooky Bear. He knows were the snook are in the waterways. He has a charter boat business.

Don’t forget to have a snook sticker on your fishing license before keeping one.

I can’t believe that so many anglers talked to me about snook. Most of them say that where they catch their snook is their personal secret spot.

Some fishermen were out this week tailing redfish. This phrase came from those fishing in the flats. When the grassy flats have a school of redfish, all you can see is their tails in the air as they eat. You must approach them with the utmost quietness, one bit of noise and they are gone. Many anglers lift the motor, turn it off and pole in. Some just very carefully wade in.

The red hot topic this week is redfish. Some anglers have caught some so big they had to be released. They were caught in the Little Manatee River.

Cobia catches are being made daily. This is a big fish but edible.

Some permit catches have been made in the Alafia River near the mouth.

Flounder are still being boated from the sandy bottom of the rivers.

We still have some tarpon sailing in the air around the ship channels.

Pier anglers are hauling in big, black drum.

Fish are some of the oldest animals on earth. More than 23,000 different kinds of fish have been discovered.

Rain or shine, the fishing is fine.

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