The idea of a Snook eating natural baits isn’t new. Regularly the subject of kid’s shows. Be that as it may, this present reality isn’t an animation, and in case you’re a little fish, the odds that a major fish is going to see you, smell you, or hear you (before executing you) are extremely high. If not swimming normally, bait fish holler “EAT ME!”. In any event, moving discreetly they can be smellt, seen and felt.
The Best Baits for Snook
Certain baits work better at certain times of the year, while some bait cannot be found when you need them. Days we could only get nasty frozen baits have turned out incredible.
Shrimp make great natural baits for Snook to use if you want to catch a Snook. The fish will eat them in winter up the rivers, and in residential canals or in clear summer waters. You can buy shrimp at most bait and tackle shops, and they’re a natural bait anywhere Snook are found.
Grunts make a grunting noise and that’s where their name comes from. Grunts will catch Snook nearly every time you put them in the water. Assuming you’re fishing where the fish are, if you put a grunt near a Snook, he will eat it.
There are a wide range of baitfish in our waters, and being predators, Snook are probably going to arrive from the outset for the ones they see the most. Keep in mind, predators are sluggish. Lethargic methods they eat what is generally accessible: what we call Whitebait. Whitebait is regularly discovered right off the bat in the springtime, when water temps get above around 68 F. At the point when the water temps fall under 65 F or somewhere in the vicinity, whitebait turns out to be elusive with the exception of in profound waters, and still, at the end of the day are scant. Warm winters can bring about the draws being around all year.
Pinfish are an all-around bait for all Florida sport fish, drawing strikes from grouper in 200 feet of water as quickly as being grabbed by a Redfish in eight inches of skinny water. Snook love them, but you will draw more strikes if you give them a “Hair Cut” and clip the sharp and (to you and the Snook) dangerous barbed tip of their dorsal fins.
Mullet are common in our waters, and they are generally eaten when smoked or fried. But they’re also eaten by Snook. Small mullet – called Finger Mullet because they’re roughly four-to-five inches long – are a top-knotch bait for local Snook. Hook them through the tail or lip and they’ll live for hours if not struck by a marauding Linesider.
The biggest Snook caught are caught on live ladyfish, often 12” and longer. This shiny and stinky fish are a favorite of bigger fish, although using them as bait is often challenging to somebody that thinks a 30” fish is unlikely to eat a 12” bait. But they do – and their 40 or 50 inch older and more experienced brethren eat them like candy. You can use chunks as dead bait (called Live-sticking)
A bait you will often find in your castnet when you’re trying to catch killifish is the silver perch, which have been called “Whacky Baits” by some of our friends because of their unusual look.
Sand Perch are another types of the roost family, however their shading, and apparently their engaging quality to hungry Snook, appears to be somewhat higher than their gleaming cousins. Perch are another of those baits we get on occasion, however when we do we get them on a hook – free lined or under a little plug popping bobber – get them rapidly. They are extremely beneficial and compelling in case you’re attempting to get Snook that aren’t participating.
Threadfin are in the Herring family. They’re called Threadfins because of the long extension they display on their dorsal fin, which reaches almost to their tail. They grow considerably bigger than sardines, often reaching five or more inches. They make great natural baits for Snook aswell.
The last bait we’ll talk about in this brief article are crabs. Whether they’re blue crabs with hard shells (smaller ones are better than bigger ones), soft shell crabs, or even fiddler crabs on small wire hooks, crabs are baits that Snook eat under normal conditions, and will definitely eat if you have a hook on them.
Other Baits That Will Catch Snook
Almost anything – if it smells or looks or sounds good – will attract hungry Snook or anger one enough to strike the line. Without a doubt, live baits and shrimp are better, but we have ways you can catch a fish on a jellyfish, but that’s best left for another story.
Bent rods, Tight lines
Best of luck Anglers