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."
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 docks 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", explains Capt Richard.
Find out more about snook and their habits on the Port Canaveral Fish Information page.
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Snook are one of the most prized species of fish in 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.
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.
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.
Fishing Locations (Where to meet your guide)
NO FISH NO PAY (warning)
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
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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