Snook are one of the most favorite eating fish in our area. Also known as Centropoums Undecimalis, the common snook are also known as Sergent fish or Robalo captains call them freight trains since they are silver with a black lateral line on both sides. The Florida record is 44.3 lbs. caught in Ft Myers FL right here near us.
During May thru October Snook spawn bringing large females inshore fish up to 25-30 lbs. They are very sensitive; Snook cannot tolerate sudden changes much below 60 degrees. Below 58 degrees’ shook are in danger of dying. Their movements and feeding habits are greatly dictated by the moon cycle. With all of these district characteristics it can be harder to land a snook, so having a guide is the best bet.
In 2010 the snook season was closed to do a severe cold wave. In 2012 the Snook Stock Assessment, snook dropped to the tenth most targeted species. In open season Sept 1-Dec. 15th, you may keep one fish per day, as long as it is between 28 and 32 inches in length, measured from the chin to the tip of the tail.
To catch, we use live pinfish, small mullet, shrimp, or sardines free-lined or fished off the bottom with a fish finder rig. They take a large variety of lures based on water conditions. We urge you to beware of the snook’s razor-sharp gill area.
It’s illegal to buy or sell snook, so when you get it, savor it! Make sure you do remove the skin or it will taste like soap but the taste of snook can’t be beat…..it’s lean, healthy protein is great for a low-fat seafood-based meal. Snook fillets cook quickly on the grill or blackened in a hot pan. By grilling or blackening the fish, you give it an excellent smokey or spicy flavor.
Can catch one per day in season 28-33”