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Tuesday September 19, 2017

"I love snook fishing in Port Canaveral!" says Gina, the excited wife of Captain Richard. "I can't think of a more enjoyable way to spend the day with my husband than out in the water in my bikini pulling in monster snook on a spinning rod. The hookups are hard and fast and if the day is slow (which it rarely is), I get to sprawl out on the deck of the boat and work on my tan. It's a win-win situation!"

Snook Fishing Guide at Port Canaveral

"I'm a lucky man to have a wife that likes to wake up early, launch the boat, look for bait and then go fishing with me." explains Captain Richard of Lagooner Fishing Guides. "It's exciting to watch her accomplish something on her own and developed skills that give her confidence and makes her feel better about herself. I love to watch Gina get excited about the outdoors and catching fish. It wasn't always that way, but with a little patience and instruction she's become a knowledgeable and skilled angler, but I still have to clean the fish when we come back at the end of a trip, but that's alright... just watching her have fun is worth it all."

Port Canaveral Snook Fishing Guide

Port Canaveral has an awesome snook fishery and while it's not known for it as far as Florida and the Caribbean are concerned, Canaveral can hold snook well into the thirty pound range and there's rumors of even bigger fish from some of the government workers that have seen snook in the locks and inside secure areas like the Trident Submarine basin.

Typically, snook are sought after during the darkest hours of the night and into the early morning, but during certain times of the year a spawning bite occurs on the beaches both north and south of the entrance of the Port which can be profound for anglers looking for a twenty plus pound snook for their bragging rights. During the evenings and early morning hours there's plenty for an angler to do around the lighted docks and wharfs in Port Canaveral but during the day the snook can become less predictable and thus less productive. Needless to say, you need to just ask your guide when is the most productive time for the season you are looking for and he'll hook you up if to the best bet for Port Canaveral Snook on Florida's east coast.

"I often fish with my husband that is a professional fishing guide out of Port Canaveral during the year and he's put me onto the best catches of my life. Snook are one of my favorite fish to catch as you are able to actually see them many times and cast to them with either a live bait or artificial lure. The snook you see in the photograph below was caught during the summer of 2008 off the beaches near Port Canaveral. We caught well over twenty snook and a whopping 28 pounder for a photograph." explains Captain Gina

Fishing for Snook at Port Canaveral

Snook Fishing is an advanced angling activity for the most part, but you can expect your guide to do his best at locating and helping you present lures and baits if needed. Captain Richard has been fishing around Port Canaveral for over 40 years and has extensive knowledge of how to find, hookup and extract snook from the Port Canaveral area. If the angler is hesitant, a snook will show you how he earned his name and reputation as a hard fighting and tricky fish.

You can expect Captain Richard to be prepared for the day/night of fishing with the best equipment and tackle and know where to look for and find snook during different times of the year. Usually Richard or Captain Gina will tell you beforehand what's the best time, tides and seasons for catching snook in Port Canaveral. They've both lived around the Central Florida and Cape their entire life.

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

Snook Fishing at Port Canaveral

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 29 2016 20:35:37.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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