Common Snook Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: distinct black lateral line; high, divided
dorsal fin; sloping forehead; large mouth,
protruding lower jaw; grows much larger than
other snooks; pelvic fin yellow.
Similar fish: other Centropomus.
Where found: from central Florida south,
usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along
mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings.
Size: most catches 5 to 8 pounds.
Remarks: spawns 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 larger crustaceans