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Night Time or Nocturnal Fishing for Snook
In Central Florida's Port Canaveral

Thursday May 25, 2017

An evening on the water with Captain Richard produced this nice fat snook and great smile from this northeast angler. Snook are one of the most sought after gamefish in the tropics and Florida has it's share of great snook fishing. These fish are more active during the darker hours and have no problem feeding in dark places near lit up docks and seawalls.

"You'll have no problem detecting a snook's bite, but you'll definately wonder if you're gonna pull them in once hooked up," Explains Captain Richard to one of his anglers on a cool tropical night at Port Canaveral. "The name snook is a well earned name of a fish that's capable of out snookering you in a moments notice by pulling you into nearby structure, head shaking your lure, jumping and extremely hard runs. You'll wonder how you got them in most of the time."

Homeland Security Makes Snook Fishing Tougher

Port Canaveral offers some of the very best snook fishing in the country, however post 9/11 has left most fishermen handicaped so badly they've given up. "You must stay 25 feet away from the do>cks and are constantly harrassed by over zeolous and bored Port Security guards while fishing.  But if you stick by the rules and have the knowledge, you can land some really big fish and stay out of trouble", e

Port Canaveral Snook are attracted by the shear vast quanities of structure in the port from docks to moored boats, rocks, pilings, dropoffs, seawalls, bouys and more. There is alot of baitfish traveling and feeding around the port and snook love the abundance of baitfish and food. I've caught snook on shrimp, mantis shrimp (try getting one of those things on a hook) and live finfish, which is my personal favorite. One of the funnest ways to catch a snook in the port is on fly, but in my experience it's probably one of the most inconsistant methods and because of the security restrictions around structure in the port it's difficult to make presentations for this finicky gamefish. However flyfishing in Port Canaveral can be a blast for many other species.

You can find a couple of snook fishing videos on the Lagooner Fishing site, but they are manly about snook fishing on the beach near Port Canaveral during the summer spawning months (snook typically spawn near the beach). We've not yet filmed a night of fishing for snook at Port Canaveral, maybe we'll do that this fall.

Snook Fishing Videos

Port Canaveral is thirty minutes directly east of Orlando, Florida and it's themeparks. If you come visit the Central Florida area, take the time to explore our great outdoors on Florida's east coast or Space Coast as it's known as Space Port USA with manned space flight and rocket launches. Who knows! You might end up seeing a spectacular launch during a night time fishing charter for snook at Port Canaveral, Florida.

gn="left">Snook are one of the most prized species of fish i Florida and anglers spend thousands of dollars in tackle, gear and time to develope tactics for these tremendous inshore fish. There are several different subspecies of snook in Florida but the most sought after is the common snook pictured below.

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

Fishing at Night for Snook at Port Canaveral

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: May 15 2017 18:48:11.

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May in Central Florida is the beginning of great things for people looking toward an ocean fishing trip looking for fast action. King Mackerel, Cobia and even a few tarpon start to make a showing as May develops into a more summer like pattern. Inshore the fishing can be productive for early morning and evening anglers as the sun warms the gin clear waters of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Banana Rivers. Both Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout will be a popular gamefish that even the youngest anglers will appreciate and enjoy. Bring plenty of sunscreen, some polarized sunglasses and broadbill hat as the Florida sunshine will penetrate the most protected boating endeavors. May is the beginning of the summer in Florida as far as the temperatures are concerned, but there's often an afternoon shower, so be prepared to fish early and get off the water before the afternoon storms roll in. So remember, inshore fishing and offshore fishing are an equal opportunity in May in Central Florida.

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