St Augustine is an amazing place to travel and visit while spending time in Florida. Beyond Extraordinary my First Snook Fishing Trip to St Augustine was also one of the best activities you can embark on.
The Florida Fishing expert Captain Brad took us out Night Fishing for Snook, it was our first Snook fishing trip.
Night Fishing for Snook under the city and port lights of St Augustine could not be more of an amazing feeling. From catching the mullet or bait to reeling down into a fish of a lifetime, you are sure to have an excellent time catching these monster Snook this time of year.
St Augustine Inshore Fishing could not get any better and the big fish have been moving in and chasing the mullet. We caught over 10 quality Snook with only 3 in slot range.
One of the last fish of the night was the biggest fish caught by Joe weighing over 20 pounds measuring in at 38 inches. These Snook are incredibly healthy and fight really hard. They will surprise you on how fast and hard they run.
Captain Brad also caught a tarpon that was a kicker fish for the boat. There is nothing like catching the number and quality of fish we caught in St Augustine where we were at.
Captain Brad is the man when it comes to fishing for Snook in St Augustine and you do not want to miss out on your adventure today while the fishing is still hot!
Snook are strictly regulated to protect it from overfishing. Catching them requires a license, permit, they must be within the range of a certain size, the bag limit is one a day, you’re only allowed to keep them in season and they are not allowed to be sold or bought. So your only way of having some is to grab your gear and get out on the water.
Many say its all worth it for an amazing seasonal treat. Snook is a delicious sport fish, ask almost anyone that has tried a bite. They will normally reply that it was one of the best-tasting fish that they have ever had. The meat is white, with medium density and a mild subtle taste. With countless recipes, online a quick search will bring up a plethora of options to choose. remember to remove the skin or your gonna have a bad time. Anyways a favorite among many is the deep fried fish method. But which every way you like to prepare them this is definitely a tasty fish unless you don’t take the skin off then it’s not.
Snook can be found in south and central Florida mostly inshore brackish and coastal waters. they can also be found along man-made structures mangroves, and shorelines and Large schools form in summer for spawning.
Melbourne’s Tony Ciavarella and Michael Hubbard of Merritt Island weighed in 16.19 pounds of bass to win the Feb. 23 Space Coast Bass Finatics monthly tournament at Lake Cypress on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
Swimbaits over eel grass and soft plastics on the edge of Kissimmee Grass in Lake Toho worked for them.
A close second place went to the father-and-son team of Mark and Sean Burt of Cocoa with 16.02 pounds, including a 6.42-pounder by Sean that was the big bass of the day for the field. They fished 11-inch plastic worms in lily pads in Lake Kissimmee.
Bob Barnett of Port St. John and Dwayne Haga of Sanford went to Toho for their 15.05-pound third-place catch.
For more on the club, call Ciavarella at 321-752-7841.
Spring snook season opens on Gulf Coast
If you are headed to the Florida Gulf Coast, you’re now allowed to keep one snook within the 28- to 33-inch Gulf Coast slot limit. The spring season opened Saturday.
The open season also includes Everglades National Park and Monroe County, which is the Florida Keys.
The season remains open through April 30.
Miami sailing week begins Monday
Elite sailors will again be on hand when the fifth annual running of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank is held March 2-8 from the regatta headquarters at Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove.
The six-day racing schedule is headlined by the Star class, which will have 57 boats on the starting line all fighting to win the 87th Bacardi Cup.
On the last four days, the Stars will share the Bay with competitors in the Audi Melges 20, J/70, Melges 24, Viper 640 and VX One classes.
There are 192 boats registered across the six one-design fleets, with competitors from 15 foreign nations battling a host of American sailors.
Snook are fish that live either in saltwater or fresh water. Tricky to catch, Snook are still much sought-after because of their delicious meat and the challenge of catching one. Like most fish, Snook are cold blooded animals. Thus, they rely on the water temperature to regulate the temperature of their bodies. Cold temperatures are detrimental to the health of this fish species and sudden drops in temperature can be deadly. Thus, Snook have to migrate to warmer waters such as Flamingo in the Florida Keys when winter begins.
The migration patterns largely depend on where they are currently located, what temperature that location has, and in what direction is the warmer body of water. Snook migrating through the waters of Florida follow an east to west pattern, as opposed to the usual north to south that many fish species do.
Snook can easily move from freshwater to salt water and vice versa. Those who have observed them swim upstream say that they stay close to the center of the water body – be it a large river or a small creek. Also, Snook love to travel during day time.
The problem with migrating Snook is that they ignore your bait, most of the time, no matter how delicious it might be. They are also easily spooked so fly fishing for Snook can be frustrating. In fact, Snook are the most difficult to catch when they are migrating. Still, if you try to be as subtle as you can, you’d probably be able to entice one to take your bait.
Snook Fishing in Florida:
Snook Fishing in Florida in the ultimate inshore fishing experience. You truly can’t beat the action especially once the snook move in during their migrations. Most of the migrations are due to mating and that search for warmer weather. Summer months are the most productive months to catch them but also the time of year that you can’t harvest them. According to FWC, Dec. 15- Jan. 31st and June 1st- Aug. 31st seasons of harvest are closed.
September 1st brings about one of the most incredible times to go Night Fishing in St Augustine. Inshore Fishing for these elusive beasts will be one of the most action packed fishing adventures of your lifetime!