October 11, 2010
Description: distinct lateral line; high, divided dorsal fin; sloping forehead; large mouth, protruding lower jaw; grows much larger than other snooks; pelvic fin yellow.
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Where found: from central Florida south, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings NEARSHORE.
Size: most catches 5 to 8 pounds.
*Florida Record: 44 lbs., 3 ozs.
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 large crustaceans.
How to Catch: 6-9wt fly rods, , floating, intermediate or combination fly line , 8-12′ leader with bite tippet from 20-40# test, flies with medium strength hooks in sizes #4 to 1/0
Flys to use: Deceiver, Snook-a-Roo, Gummy Minnow