Snook

Snook are a tropical, warm water species whose northern most range extends just to the north of the Tampa Bay area. Snook are available all year, but can become difficult to catch during the colder, winter months. Once water temperatures dip below 60° F, the snook tend to become lethargic. However, give them a few days of warm stable weather and they will become voracious feeders.

The snook is an excellent fly rodder’s adversary. They possess a blistering first run, jumping acrobatics and tremendous power. Sight casting to these linesiders in shallow water is a challenge all its own. Once a snook has spotted you on the bow of the skiff, the game is up. To tip the balance in the angler’s favor, one can chase these fish after dark. Snook will gather around lighted docks in residential canals throughout the Tampa Bay area. Here they feed on the baitfish and shrimp attracted to the lights. This is no place for light tackle since the angler must be able to pull the fish from the dock before you get your leader cut off by barnacle and oyster encrusted pilings. Regardless when you pursue this fish, it is one of fly fishing greatest fish to catch.

Tackle Requirements

Flats

  • Rods: 7 – 9 weight
  • Reels: large arbor saltwater fly reel with a good drag system
    Lines: floating lines mostly

Night Dock Lights

  • Rods: 8 – 10 weight
  • Reels: large arbor saltwater fly reel with a good drag system
  • Lines: floating and intermediate sinking tip

 

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