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Tuesday September 19, 2017

Cape Canaveral's Port is one of the biggest cruise ship terminals in the world and is closely watched by the United States Coast Guard and Port Canaveral security after 9-11. Experienced anglers and some professional fishing guides know how to stalk fish around the Florida's Fun Port for monster sized snook and keep out of trouble with homeland security and still produce a few fish for the table.

Captain Richard has learned fishing methods around Port Canaveral to catch the illusive night time snook while avoiding trouble. "We often cast under wharfs, piers, fenders and other structure with large lures but we find that sight fishing for these big predator snook with live bait is the best way to lure them out of their haunts". explains Captain Richard.

Lagooner fishing guide take up to two anglers per evening to catch snook at Port Canaveral at a cost of a half day of fishing. During some seasons we catch snook off the beaches during the day and them resume fishing after darkness inside the Port.

Port Canaveral is one of Florida's hottest snook holes and a professional fishing guide can help you increase your odds of catching a big fish for the wall or the table.

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Snook at Port Canaveral

Florida's Finest Big Snook

"Capt. Richard, when I fished with you for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I thought we could never top the great snook action we had.  Well you proved me wrong!!!!!  Yesterday's trip was unbelievable.  I can't even remember the final tally we had so much action.  I think we ended with 5 snook released from 15 to 20 pounds, 4 sharks released, 4 or 5 tarpon missed due to the "rookie" anglers, several cutoffs from HUGE barracuda (that 5 plus footer that jumped right next to the boat gave us all a thrill) and numerous jacks thrown in for good measure.  That's not even counting all the snook we missed or pulled the bait from because we were too excited!!!!  All in a little more than 3 hours time."

"It is absolutely amazing to see them chase live bait like that-what a charge!!!!  Make sure Gina has me in the books to take my father-in-law this winter.  I don't know how you can follow up the great time we had our last two trips but I know you will do it!!!!!!  Great captain and great fishing!!!!!!!!!!"
Jeff Thummel
State Farm Agent - Merritt Island, Florida

Jeff, take a look at your father-in-law's fishing trip this winter. I think Captain Richard equaled or exceeded your expectations.

Snook are inshore fish with an attitude. They are generally a golden yellow in color with a dark black lateral line (stripe) running the length of their body. Their mouth is similar to a large mouth bass' size & shape, yet their gills are razor sharp so watch out when handling these guys.

Most anglers don't know about or haven't caught the four species of snook in Florida. In East Central Florida waters we have alot of common and fat snook. The tarpon and swordspine are more frequent in South Florida.

Snook are revered as one of the most prestigious fish to catch, partly because they tend to be finicky about how and when they will approach a presented bait but mostly because of their fighting tactics (which seem unfair). But if you want to tangle with a fish thats' bound and determined to give you a brutal fight... SNOOK is your fish.

Varieties of Snook Species in the Atlantic
Common Snook
Fat Snook
Tarpon Snook
SwordSpine Snook

From central Florida south, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings NEARSHORE. They are usually low-light or nocturnal feeders so get up early or fish at night for these large inshore preditors.

Snook fishing in East Central Florida is most often during the late spring, summer and fall months and starts to fade into the colder winter months. Typically during the winter months snook either head south or look for backwater areas where the water temperatures are move favorable. Don't look for snook to be active feeders during the winter months of January - March unless we have prolonged warm fronts or indian summers that bring the snook into a more active feeding cycle. During the spring snook are migrating toward their summer June-August spawning grounds along the beaches near inlets and ports. Snook often stage between their winter holdouts and the spawning grounds on spoil islands, docks and structure before heading out to meet their mates on the beach.

Late summer and fall produce some of the best fishing for snook at locations like Sebastian Inlet, Port Canaveral or Cocoa Beach.

Backwater snook can be fished for with a wide variety of artificials from jerk baits to top waters and plugs, much like bass anglers do around shorelines and structure including mangroves, stumps, docks, etc...

Saltwater flats often hold nice sized snook, look for baitfish, nearby structure including dropoffs or mangrove shorelines or docks. Fish for flats snook with live bait like pilchards or greenies or subtle shrimp or baitfish imitations. Remember that snook like the comfort of structure and can feel vulnerable in the open flat. Often snook have to be excited with live chum to get them to cooperate in open water flats.

Inlet fishing is usually done at night with livebait by drifting during the preferred tide phase (usually outgoing) or throwing plugs like bombers, rapalas or other baitfish imitations. This type of fishing is not for the novice and can be very challenging on the angler. You often break off and must have above average skills when fishing in heavy currents at night during the outgoing tides and fall swells.

Snook spawn primarily in summer; cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60 degrees F; can tolerate wholly fresh or saltwater; schools along shore and in passes during spawning season; feeds on fish and large crustaceans.

Remarks

Snook in East Central Florida have many different habitats and conditions that make them a great target for anglers looking for variable ways to catch this elusive fish. Juvenile fish can be caught in the estuaries, canals and backwater areas almost all year long. While not as prestigious as large breeder snook, they are non-the-less enjoyable to catch and will bite on everything from baitcasters to flyrods and everything between. Juvenile snook are suckers for artificial's and readily take live bait as well.

Big breeding snook spawn on or near the beaches of Central Florida and always have a passageway or access to the beaches or inlets available to them. The only time a breeder snook is generally caught in the backwaters here is because it's a cooler transitional time period usually. Canaveral snook spend their winter months in the Port under docks, wharfs and around other structure like boats and pilings. You often see them hanging around the lights at night in small and large schools. Sebastian Inlet Snook are caught in the inlet itself during the summer and fall months and many of the larger snook migrate south to Jupiter Inlet or hunker down in the fresh warmer water of the Sebastian River a short distance away.

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Regulations

Not less than 28" or more than 32" Atlantic - Not less than 28" or more than 33" Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, Everglades Nat. Park

Season Closed December 15th thru January 31st & June thru August on the Atlantic Coast.
Decemeber thru February & May thru August on the Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, Everglades National Park

State Record

44 Pounds, 3 Ounces

Fantastic Snook Fishing in Port Canaveral

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 29 2016 20:35:33.

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