Natural Baits for Snook


Natural Baits for Snook

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.

Natural baits for snook.
In the event that you fish with live or dead characteristic baits all the time, at that point you realize that on some random day fish will eat whatever you put before them. Delicate plastic lures, specifically, are progressively produced with segments making them smell like characteristic lure. Be that as it may, live and Artificial Lures work best.

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.

Shrimp bait for snook.
Scaled sardines are our undisputed top choices. Be that as it may, not every person can toss castnets, and putting forth live sardines takes attempt and time. Add to that swimming and surf-fishing – and dock and other shore-based districts – and whitebait isn’t the best snare for Snook. They’re the most profitable, and the most regular, however they’re not the best. Shrimp are the best. In the wintertime Snook are simpler to get on shrimp in light of the fact that the shrimp are simpler to cast and keep in the strike zone without reevaluating.


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.

Pigfish for catching snook. Get a pigfish (grunt) and you’ll get a snook.
The sound they make is not normal for the drumming sound you’ll regularly get notification from a Redfish or dark drum. They make the sound on the off chance that you contact them, and in the event that you put them on a snare, they snort a great deal. At the point when they snort, they’re calling Snook from places you didn’t realize they lived. Snort are seemingly the absolute most profitable live bait fish you will ever use to get Snook, yet they’re difficult to track down and get. Glance in backwater estuary mouths and the outside corners of private trenches.

Scaled Sardines

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.

Sardine bait for snook.


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.

Snook love pinfish bait. The ubiquitous Pinfish.

“Finger” Mullet

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.

Mullet bait for snook.


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)

Live ladyfish for snook bait.

Silver Perch

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.

Silver perch bait for snook.
But the shiny white and lively bait is very productive – especially in the wintertime. We do not catch them on purpose, but they can be found on sandy edges of grass flats and in deeper sandy holes on the flats themselves.

Sand Perch

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.

Threadfin herring for catching snook.The Threadfin Herring is a great Snook bait.
They are very popular tarpon baits, and are caught more often in open water than in the shallow water where you’ll find whitebait. But they are very effective snook baits, albeit a little more tender and likely to die quicker on a hook.


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.

Pass crab for snook. A Pass crab is great bait for snook.

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.

Winter squid bait for snook. Squid are generally used in the winter for snook.
Try a strip of squid fished on a Fish finder rig. This outstanding producer can attract almost anything that swims. A basic fish finder rig will put the bait in the strike zone – especially in colder months when Snook tend to stick closer to the bottom.

Bent rods, Tight lines

Best of luck Anglers


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