The Elusive Slot Snook

Catching snook in the slot is no easy task, but it can be done by fishing where they swim with the right presentations.

September 1 is of huge importance down in South Florida—the snook are chewin’ and we’re able to harvest them. These fish are extremely special to me. Not only are they tasty, but the fish only live in warm-water climates, which makes South Florida the right place for these tasty fighters.

Although these fish are closely watched by the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife), too many people take more then their share and harvest outside the regulated slot every year. Making things even more difficult.

If you’re fishing in the Atlantic your size limit is no less then 28 inches and no greater than 32 inches (total length), and one harvest per day. The Gulf is no less than 28 inches and no greater than 33 inches and with one per day. If you plan to partake in snook season, be sure to follow the law—these regulations are set in place for a reason.

When fishing bridges, I prefer a Shimano Sustain 5000 on an MHX-SW80M blank, with 50-pound braid and a 50- to 80-pound fluorocarbon leader. The tides, moon and bait will usually determine what I’m going to throw vs. weight and colors. 1- to 2-ounce jigs will usually be my choice, but I’m not afraid to throw topwater and diving plugs.

Fishing beaches, docks and flats I’ll use a Shimano Stradic 2500 on an MHX-HMP903 blank with 10-pound braid and a 20- to 30-pound fluorocarbon leader. I like to skip presentations under docks and the same tackle gets used on beaches. Pick a beach near an inlet with clean water and bait—from there it’s simply about enjoying your stroll on the beach watching the surf for the elusive 28- to 32-inch slot snook.

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