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SNOOK
(Centropomus undecimalis)


 Distribution & Size

Snook (Centropomus undecimalis) In Florida they are confined to the lower regions of the peninsula. June ,July and August is a closed season for snook fishing. Hard winters have seen a decline (they die when the water temperature drops too much due to cold. The year 2001 has turned out to be not a good year for Snook) in the species but the last few years has seen the snook come back in ever increasing numbers. There are four types of Snook, the Common Snook being the most abundant. Generally the size range is from 3 to 15 lbs. Snook of 20 to 30lbs are not unusual especially around inlets and passes.
The WORLD RECORD is 53lbs 10oz and the FLORIDA RECORD 44lbs 3oz.

 General Information

The Snook is one of the best for all round fighting capabilities. The fight usually features long runs and several jumps. Beware of the Snook’s razor-sharp gill covers! Snook cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60˚F. Also, Snook can tolerate wholly fresh or saltwater which accounts for the large fish kills in cold winters.

 Tackle & Bait

Spinning using light tackle and live baits such as Pinefish, shrimp and sardines are most commonly used. Most times heavier gear may be the order of the day when fishing around piers and bridges. Plugs and plastic lures are quite commonly used but many prefer either live or dead baits.

 Eating Qualities

Fillets are mild but full of flavor. This fish rates at the top as table fare.

 State Limits and Regulations
Due to hard winters the Snook population was under threat, but recovery is now under way.

CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE YEAR

Size Limit*  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
(All Species) Not less than 28" or more than 32" Atlantic.
Not less than 28" or more than 33" Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County and Everglades Nat. Park.
Dec. 15 - Jan 31
June 1st to August 31st Atlantic. Closed through August 31st.2012 Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County and Everglades Nat. Park.
1 per person per day Snook permit required.  Illegal to buy or sell. Illegal to possess any over 34".

 
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