Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by PMCGoldenEraG8R, Dec 10, 2008.
and snook season is still closed on the gulf so catch and release only.
I've actually never eaten one in my entire life.. think they should be completely protected everywhere.. really want to catch some because we don't get them in the panhandle.
Why do you think they deserve special status? Maybe you should eat one and that might change your mind. No amount of protection is going to extend their range...just too cold sensitive.
I just think they are a totally awesome inshore species.. you can catch redfish, specks, and tarpon almost anywhere from here through texas and up to the carolinas. Only in the southern parts of FL can you catch snook in this country. It's a preservation, tourism, local economy thing for me.
I think they should be protected the same as goliath grouper. Shouldn't even be allowed to take them out of the water (at least on the west coast).
I've heard they are good... I eat a ton of fresh scamp, gag, and red snapper.. how would you say it compares?
Better..but that is subjective. we catch quite a few on nearshore reefs too. Prior to the big freeze the population was doing good. Since then the reds have become more dominant as they are feasting on the bait without competetion from the snooker. Look for deep cuts close to shore and fish them slowly with at least 3' of 30 lb flourocarbon leader. They will be very tackle shy with cold snap. Deepestet docks with lights and handpicked shrimp St night might find some monsters but you better gear up and lock the drag down. Swift moving water near passes is usually best but ask the local bait shop.
We fished with this guy a few years ago "The Mad Snooker".. I learned about and caught more snook in 1 night than my whole life combined. My in laws live in a neighborhood with a lot of great canals and less than 1 mile from a huge mangrove preserve called Weedon Island. I've done really well there. Last thanksgiving when I was down there, I was fishing in my kayak and I heard a familiar voice from a boat close by. It was CA Richards from Flats Class... I think I was in a pretty good spot!
Living 10 miles from Sebastian inlet.. Has its perks.. Snook are everywhere and they taste real good. Chicken of the sea..
Double coldfronts. Only fished 1 day and it started raining. Miserable!
Got back to Pensacola and sold both my Hobies (3200$). All reports going forward will be freshwater from TX.
wow...moving to Texas and giving up the real fishing....hope you are banking enough coin to get out to some of those rigs off La shores to get your fix..trading warm sunny beaches full of springtime coeds for cold dry Texas
I'll keep posting reports to rub it in bro!
Good luck in texas
But the Goliath has made a great comeback and I would not be surprised if they legalize them to some extent.
Double miserable! Selling Hobies and moving away!
I'm camping a weekend next month to fish & party. SCKA, Space Coast Kayak Anglers is hosting Boondoggle. People coming from all over the US to hit the No Motor Zone by Merritt Island.
They need to do something. The jewfish in sw florida are cleaning out the grouper and snapper on anything with enough relief for the jewfish to hide out around in sw florida. don't bother fishing the wrecks anymore as you usually have to fight to get anything past the jewfish but if you have a tourist in town that wants to feel just how strong a big fish can be, it isn't too hard to do. in the keys, we used to put em on the aj's but these jewfish are much stronger but you can't get em to the boat unless you tease em up off the bottom and lock down the drags on a 6/0 or better and then it is still a battle for a fighting chair.
FINALLY got back out on the water, our first trip since the Keys in August. Hunting & Football have kept us off the water for the most part. We usually don't start fishing until about a month from now, but with this freakish weather we have had the last couple of weeks we decided to give it a shot.
There isn't any reason to go offshore this time of year in the Big Bend, so we decided to head out the Waccasassa River to do some redfishing.
Water was clear and there wasn't much wind so we polled around and sight casted to fish all day. The reds were not real thick but it was a good day to break the ice on 2013. Sight casted up my first Sheepie, never seen them eat before so that was cool.
It was a beautiful day on the water to be sure, cant wait to get back out!
Has anyone spent and time in South Andros? We have done a couple trips on the northern part of the island which were awesome but this year I think we are going hard core and going to the South.
This looks like our set up, lots of fishing options besides just bone fishing on the fly.
What part of TX, burnett?
Great pics, Rella. I went yesterday even though the wind was blowing a gale...20-ish out of the SE. Reds I was able to find were chewing. I had one that was over and the rest were upper slot fish. That almost made the ride there and back worth it!
nice reds fellas