Shore fishing for snook

Shore fishing

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Fishing Spillways

Spillways are great places to target giant snook (and line siders of all sizes). When water is flowing, snook stack up in the mouth of spillways waiting to ambush whatever hapless bait drifts past. The variety of bait—from mullet to cichlids and bluegills—make spillways a perfect place to deploy swimbaits or live bait. When you hook one, you need to apply some heat to keep your fish out of structure. Standing on the bank, wrestling a big snook to your feet, make spillway snook fishing something like hand-to-hand combat. When it all comes together, it can be really fun and exciting. When setting up your spillway snook set up, consider braided line and fluoro carbon. You’ll likely benefit from their abrasion resistance. Pack a couple sizes of leader—the murky water that flows after some rain, might allow you to bump up the leader size, providing a bit more insurance.

Bridge Fishing

Fishing South Florida’s many bridges is a great way to catch snook—day or night. Setting up on a bridge gives you the opportunity to deploy a number of rods to cover different aspects of the water column at the same time. Consider pegging a bait on the bottom near a pylon and drifting one on the surface. A conventional reel (or large spinner properly equipped) with the clicker engaged allows you to fish without fear of the rod being snatched over the railing.

These rods will need backbone necessary to not only handle snook, but the potential for other species— tarpon, sharks, grouper, jacks and the like. Consider spooling these outfits with 30 to 50-pound braided main line and 60-pound flouro carbon leader. While these rods are deployed, you can then work your light spinning outfit—tossing jigs or finger mullet to fish that you see or into places that might hold them.

Bass Pro Shops sells all of the things you’ll need to put together a great, well-rounded bridge fishing set up. The Deluxe Beach Cart from Offshore Angler can taxi everything you’ll need— a hand full of rods, a folding chair or two, a cooler, and all of your tackle. A chum bag on a rope and a bridge landing net will round out your bridge fishing needs.

Beach Fishing

Casting into the surf—especially in the early morning or late afternoon— is a great way to catch snook. It’s as easy as a walk on the beach. Just load up a backpack with your favorite lures a spool of fluoro carbon or two and let the fishing begin. Casting diagonally into the surf and retrieving your lure—either bumping a jog along the bottom, twitching a swimbait, or walking the dog with a topwater—allows you to cover some ground in your search. The lack of structure and clear water make a light spinning outfit (30-pound braid and 25 pound fluoro leader) or a 9-weight fly rod a great choice here. As you’re walking look for the presence of bait or working birds.

Any structure—be it the base of jetties or rock outcroppings—also likely warrants a few casts. If you have more time to spend or plan to make a day of it (in a stretch of beach that doesn’t get too crowded), you out some poles in rod holders staked into the sand. Live bait and a sinker slider are a great choice here. If you opt to go this route, the same Deluxe Beach Cart, cooler and chair set up discussed for bridge fishing will work wonderfully. Once you get your baits into the water, sit back, relax and wait for a rod to double over.