Snook, also known as Robalo or saltwater pike, is one of the most sought after sport fish species in Tampa and Tampa Bay. Snook have a reputation for aggressive bites, hard runs and tenacious fights. Fighting a hard-running 8 pound snook on light tackle is Tampa backcountry charter fishing gold.
In Tampa Bay snook tend to congregate along the mangrove shorelines, around docks and bridges, and near sandy shorelines. Snook can also be found along artificial reefs and wrecks, as well as occasionally on the grass flats.
Snook are year round residents of Tampa, however during the winter months of December and January snook are at their slowest and least aggressive. The action heats up with the water in early spring, and by late spring snook fishing in Tampa Bay is unbeatable. During the summer months the warmer temperatures will slow the action a bit, with better fishing in the cooler evening hours. But come fall, get ready again for some hard-fighting light-tackle action.
Snook can be targeted with both live and artificial bait, however, many seasoned anglers swear by live bait like sardines and pilchards.
Snook are very strictly regulated in Florida due to overfishing, so be sure to check with your guide on seasons and limits. Because they are no longer commercially fished, snook are one of the best dining treats in Tampa. You can’t purchase snook anywhere in Florida, so if you want to have a taste of this delicate, sweet fish, you have to catch it yourself. There is no better reward after a day of explosive strikes, hard runs and soaring leaps on the water than a dinner featuring a snook caught on your own line! Just be sure to prepare the snook skinless because the soapy flavor of the skin will spoil the delicate flavor of the meat.
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