Charter Boat Bradenton
Charter Boat Bradenton One benefit is having a tower on your boat or skiff so when the water is clears it allows me to see where the fish are on the flat and in the holes. For instance one Monday I had a couple of minutes to scan over certain spots to see if they were holding fish. Low and behold, one spot had a big pile of snook and a few redfish.
Charter Boat Bradenton: for Snook
A few years back we, here in southwest Florida, had a freeze that killed thousands of snook as well as other fish. Because of this, snook were closed to harvesting for a few years. Because of the closing of the harvest, snook have had a chance to bounce back in population. The amount of snook in this area continues to grow and each year seems to be better than the year before. We are catching more snook than ever! Larger quantities and larger sizes. Four years ago I personally caught more snook than any year previous to that. Three years ago I caught more snook than the year before. Each year since has proven to produce more snook than before with this year being no exception, as I am on track to catching the most snook ever landed on my boat in a single year. These past two year have landed not only the most snook, but also the larger snook starting from 28 up to 40+ inches.
From March through December, “shiners” or pilchards, pinfish, and pigfish or “grunts” are what we use for bait. In the colder months, when the water temperature is mid 60s and less, we use mostly shrimp. Snook, as well as most inshore or backwater fish, with speckled trout as one exception, are not very aggressive when the water is cold, so they don’t seem to want to chase a bait fish during this time. When the water gets to the higher 60s they seem to get more aggressive, and at around 70 and just above, it’s time to catch your trophy. For our area, this is usually late February and early march. Snook seem to be very aggressive during this time and through April. When summer hits and the water gets warmer, I find snook are a bit harder to get to eat but a little more patience, and being willing to move around a bit, can still land some nice ones.
They are ambush fish and most are in moving water in slight drop offs, under docks, in pot holes, and under mangroves. This is a great time to fish at night also. Find some moving water and a dock or bridge with lights on it, and pitch a few pilchards by it and watch these fish explode on the surface, or drop a pinfish and get ready try to pull them away from the structure. If you’re not paying attention, you probably won’t get your hook back, since they are masters at wrapping your line around anything in the water and if they can’t get it broken off, they are great at shaking the hook out of their mouth.
Snook may remind you of catching a bass. They will hit lures on the surface and below, swim baits, jerk baits, spoons, live baits, and even dead and cut bait. Most are caught on moving baits. They have strong runs, jump out of the water, rise to the surface and shake their head, then run again looking for anything swim under or around. Even the small ones will give a good fight, and the excitement of watching them chase your bait to the surface, then the tell tell “smack” sound as they inhale your bait just before your drag begins to scream, is an adrenaline rush that will keep you coming back for more. Even when the bite is subtle, as soon as a snook realizes it has a hook in it, this fish will take off like a rocket and will test your line as well as your drag. During this time your focus needs to be on keeping the rod tip up, and the line tight “at all times.” If there’s even just a second of slack in the line, they seem to know it, and they’ll shake the hook, and send it back to you without as much as a thank you.