Florida Everglades Fishing Charters

Fishing for Snook in Everglades National Park

Snook

The Snook is the most sought after fish in the Florida Everglades. These fish are like a bass on steroids; they viciously attack artificial lures, bust live baits on the surface and can chase a fly all the way to the boat, look the angler in the eye and then turn and swim away. Once hooked, the snook can put on an aerial display with a series of jumps and runs that will push your tackle to its limits. Or they might just test the strength of your line trying to battle their way back into the mangrove roots or other structure and cut you off. Regardless, you are in for a fight you will remember for a lifetime.

Although there are several different species of snook found in Florida waters, the largest and most common to the Everglades is the Common Snook. These fish can be found from Central Florida south to the Florida Keys, but the tributaries, rivers and mangrove islands that make up the Florida Everglades make this area prime habitat for Snook.

The fish we catch range in size from a pound to well over thirty pounds, with our bigger fish being caught from April to October. Due to the slot limits (see below) imposed by the State of Florida, the fish we are allowed to keep will range from four pounds to as much as seventeen pounds, but there is nothing better than battling an oversized fish to the boat, snapping a few photos and then releasing him back in the water to fight another day.

Florida Record:

44 lbs. 3 oz.

IGFA World Record:

53 lbs. 10 oz.

Best Times to Fish for Snook in the Everglades:

March to November: Although Snook fishing in the Everglades can be good year round, our larger fish and greatest numbers of fish are caught this time of the year. Starting as early as March the Snook will start their push from the backcountry to the outside passes and river mouths to fatten up for their upcoming spawn. Everglades snook fishing is at its best this time of year, the warmer the water temperature gets, the better the bite. These are great months to fish, as the fish are hungry and will bite almost anything you throw at them.

December thru February: Snook cannot tolerate low water temperature; therefore this time of the year it can be difficult to find fish that will feed. If our weather cooperates, and the cold fronts stay away the fish will turn on, producing a good bite. Once the water temperature drops into the 60’s, they will turn off or develop lockjaw as I like to call it.

Florida Snook Regulations

Slot Limits: 28 to 33 inches - Anglers are allowed one fish per person within the slot.

Closed Season: Although catch and release fishing for Snook is permitted year round, Snook season is closed in the Everglades December 1 thru January 31 and May 1st through August 31st.


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