If you love snook fishing, or want to try it for the first time, there is no better way then to hit Tampa Bay for your trophy fish. For many anglers snook are a species of fish they find unpredictable and hard to catch and so they mistakenly think only pros can catch them or the occasional lucky fisherman. The irony is the elusiveness of the snook is also what accounts for why the snook is probably the most coveted inshore species of fish in the Tampa Bay area.
If you are planning on getting out to catch one of these linesiders then here are some tips you’ll need. I know if you put them into practice, using patience and fishing the right holes, you will catch plenty of these rod-benders.
When to catch snook in Tampa Bay:
Late Spring, Early Summer. Full moon in May typically starts snook fishing in earnest around Tampa Bay but sometimes cannot get fully going until June. Be sure to follow FWC regulations (see here)!
Where and What to catch snook with in Tampa Bay:
Deeper pot holes on the flats and around mangroves with a live shrimp, white bait or pinfish. Artificials are also good, particularly using a D.O.A. shrimp or Mirro Lure. Deep passes and spill ways also turn out some big snook.
Snook not only gang up in the major passes during this time, but also school heavily in much smaller channels and nearly anywhere there are strong tides. Snook sometimes gather around the channels between small bayous and larger bays in surprising numbers. For example the Port Manatee channel is famous for producing lots of big snook.
Feel free to browse some of our snook hot spots here.
Also, when you catch one here’s a great recipe!
Have a question? Post a comment and I’ll be happy to answer it…
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