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Evening Snook Fishing Charters and Trips
Night Time or Nocturnal Fishing for Snook
In Central Florida's Port Canaveral
Tuesday January 23, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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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Fishing at Night for Snook at Port Canaveral
Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: May 15 2017 18:48:11.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
January - 2018 Fishing Report
The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.
January - 2018 Fishing Forecast
Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.
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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.
Lagooner Fishing Guides - I have had the fortune to have fished with Captain Richard on a number of occasions. While I consider myself to be a pretty good recreational fisherman, each time I fished with him I left with a wealth of new information about not only fishing, but the entire intercoastal ecosystem. Speaking with and learning from Captain Bradley is worth the trip by itself, but he never failed to put us on fish. While on Lagooner trips, we have landed our personal best snook, redfish, kingfish, tarpon and he even put us on a sailfish. I am also impressed with the amount a care Captain Richard puts on the safety of his Guests. This is very evident in how well he maintains his boats and motors. He also carries this over with his other equipment as well. His gear is always top-notch and in pristine condition. I value his opinion so much that I reached out to him when I was looking to buy my own fishing boat. He spent a lot of time giving me the pros and cons of different flats boats. He certainly did not have to spend time doing this since he was not "on the clock," but I know he did this out of his passion for fishing and his commitment to his customers. I took his advice and bought an Action Craft since he swore by it. There might be a problem with my boat though, it does not catch as many fish as Captain Richard's boat!
Written by: Mike R about Lagooner Fishing Charters on January 31, 2017
5 / 5 stars