Tampa Snook Fishing Charters aboard the Spanish Sardine are extremely fun, and snook are a fun fish to catch. They can be found in many areas of Tampa Bay and typically are found around structures. While Snook is strictly a catch and release species, they put up a good fight and make it worth the effort.
Snook is one of the most popular and sought after inshore species in the Tampa bay area. They are pound for pound one of the hardest fighters on the flats. They are identified by their black lateral line. They have a high,divided dorsal fin with a Sloping forehead. They have a very large mouth with a protruding lower jaw. Snook are also known as robalo, linesiders, sergeant fish and soap fish. The name soap fish came from anglers leaving the skin on the fillet. If you cook the fish with the skin, it will have a soap taste to the meat. Once you remove the skin, you have the best tasting fish that swims in the Tampa Bay Area.
Snook is hands down the best and most delicious fish that swims in the flats of the Tampa Bay. They are a white flaky meat that is very mild and delicious. This fish can be caught using a variety of baits. From cut bait, shrimp, crabs, to their favorite a nice live pinfish. They will also eat plenty of artificial lures. Most Snook are caught using medium to heavy tackle. When fishing docks and pilings, I use a very heavy 80 lb leader, to be able to pull the fish out of the docks and pilings. If not, he will wrap himself and will break you off. When fishing in open water I will use a 40lb leader since there is no structure he can break you off.
Facts About Snook
Snook are protandric hermaphrodites and change sex from male to female. They change sex after they reach 28 inches. Snook can tolerate a wide range of salinity and are found in fresh water. However, they are extremely sensitive to cold temperature and a strong, cold front through an area containing Snook may claim many lives due to the rapid drop in water temperature. Snook are ambush feeders. They will surprise attack their prey as it swims or moves into range. This occurs especially at the mouths of inlets where currents play a role while the Snook waits in hiding behind bridge pilings, rocks, or other structures.
Fishing Tackle for Catching Snook
Guests on the Spanish Sardine Fishing Charter are provided top-of-the-line Star Fishing Rods and Penn Fishing Reels to use during their fishing excursion. This quality equipment assures you the best fishing action while offering reliable and easy operation for every level of angler. You are also welcome to bring your own fishing gear if you’d like. We’ll put you on the fish either way.