Snook are Florida’s premier inshore gamefish! Siesta Key near Sarasota Florida holds good numbers of these hard-fighting fish. Snook are available all year long but do have a seasonal migration pattern. In the winter they will be found in the creeks and residential canals where the water stays warmer and there is plenty of forage. As it warms up, snook move through the bays and out onto the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico to spawn, then reverse the process and eventually end up back in the creeks the following winter.
Snook can be caught using a wide variety of angling techniques. The fertile water near Siesta Key provide prime habitat for these fish. Anglers can use live bait such as shrimp and small baitfish, articial lures such as plugs and jigs, and even fly fishermen can have good success. Night fishing is very popular, especially in the warmer months. The nearby Myakka River holds some very large snook and offers clients a glimpse at the “old Florida”.
Visiting anglers can learn a lot about the area and techniques by going out on a fishing charter with a professional fishing guide. The money spent is a good investment and the angler will learn a lot in just a few hours.