When the water gets cooler the snook bite generally slows, if not stops all together. They move slower to save energy and keep their metabolism as low as possible. They just don’t want to put out the effort to grab a meal, even if it’s an easy meal.
There have been many times that I’ve casted my bait onto the nose of a snook and watch it roll it’s eyes at me. Okay, maybe not but it sure did seem like it. If that snook had a thumb he would have been thumbing it at me!
Now that the water is warming the snook are stirring. It seems the smaller ones start eating first and by the time we’re well into spring the big ones can’t get enough of eating those hand sized white bait.
Despite the freeze that killed so many snook last year we really had a good Spring and Summer. We caught some lunkers near Sanibel, Pine Island, Estero Bay and in the mouth of the Caloosahatchee in Fort Myers.
Snook season is closed indefinately but it’s still just as thrilling to catch the local favorite. We’ve caught more than a few this week and they’re are getting bigger with every catch. Looking forward to it even if I can’t serve them up with grits, hushpuppies and slaw!
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