fall snook fishing

The inshore bite remains strong. The redfish bite, however, has seemed to have slowed a bit. I have personally been seeing and catching less than normal for this time of year. On the other hand, the sea-trout and snook bite has been flat out phenomenal — with many days in the double digits! Both the seatrout and snook have been hanging off mangrove shorelines that have been loaded with bait. Basically, just troll or push pole any shoreline until you find the finger mullet pods which have been on the windward side of the lagoon, depending on the conditions. If the wind is out of the west, fish the west shoreline; if the wind is out of the east, fish the east shoreline, and the predators are close by.

Both the snook and trout have been eating soft plastic baits better than anything. Just about any paddle tail jig on the market such as D.O.A. and Slayer inc., or topwater plugs such as the Rapala Skitterwalk, are always a great go to early in the morning. I highly encourage everyone let them go so they can grow for future generations and remember to handle seatrout especially with care. These fish have a fragile slime coating that is even more delicate than other species. Try to wet your hands and give a good, clean release.