Snook season on the Atlantic Coast of Florida opens on Sept. 1. The snook population has grown steadily in Florida through the years thanks largely to the protective rules developed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Snook is a wily game fish. It can be ferocious when it is feeding, fickle when it is not. There are times snook will stack up in a inlet side-by-side waiting in the current for their predator spirit to reassert and when it does the action can exciting.
Snook go for other fish, for instance schooling mullet, but they will also feed off the bottom, take dead bait, scoop up shrimp and crab. The trick for the angler is to have the right bait or lure for the circumstances.
On the east coast of Florida the snook season is closed from June 1 through August 31 and from Dec. 15 through Jan. 31. When the season is open, snook must be between 28 and 32 inches in total length to be taken home to eat. Only two can be kept. Whether the fish is kept or not, it is fun to catch.
The the Florida Gulf Coast rules are different. A cold snap in 2010 killed thousands of snook particularly young, small ones. The season on the Florida west coast has been closed since then to give the snook population time to rebuild.
The Florida West Coast will be reopened for snook this Sept. 1. West Coast includes Everglades and Naples area, prime snook country.
Miami fishing and is considered to be in the Atlantic zone of regulation.