April is one of my favorite months of the year for snook fishing. The bait is plentiful and the fish just seem to turn on. Hit the tides right, and you could be in for an epic day of catching “linesiders”.
There are a few keys to having an amazing day of drag screaming snook action.
- The Bait – The bait choice depends on your goals. If you want to catch numbers of fish, having tons of live scaled sardines in the well is the best route. Use 10-20 baits at a time as chum and then start casting a bait on a hook once you start seeing snook busting them on the surface. But if your goal is to catch a monster snook, then you gotta go with big bait. I prefer fishing a 6-8″ pig fish (also known as a grunt) near passes, bridges, and out on the beaches on an outgoing tide. You won’t catch as many fish, but you’ll definitely catch bigger fish with that bigger bait,
- The Tide – Different spots work better on different tides. But, if you want to know what the best all around tides for catching snook is, it’s definitely the outgoing tide. As the water flushes out of the bay, it causes the bait to be moves around like it’s on a conveyor belt. Setting up certain spots to basically be feeding troughs for snook as they gorge themselves.
- The Location – Look for spots where the snook can ambush bait as the water is flowing and pushing the bait around. The spots can include points, creek mouths, and passes. In the spring time, I specifically like creek and river mouths. Snook are in a transition period between their winter haunts and where they are headed to spawn on the beaches in the early summer. They are trying to fatten up for the summer spawn and will use these natural feeding stations to devour easy meals as the outgoing tide drags bait out of the creeks and rivers.
If you want to get in on some awesome fishing. Snook fishing in the spring and earlier summer offers some of the best action. Make sure you hit me up to check on dates and tides and book your trip today.