One for the bucket list: a big snook

As far as I know, I’ve never managed to hook a big snook and I definitely haven’t landed one. I’ve fished in their territory, including trips to Costa Rica and Florida, but as yet there’s been no sign of one.

Skinny water culture monster snook

Sometimes called sergeant fish or robalo, snook are beautiful looking fish, which look almost like a cross between a striped bass and a walleye, although they feature a very distinctive black lateral line. They favour shallow coastal waters, estuaries, and lagoons, although they often enter fresh water. Feeding mainly on small fish and crustaceans, they will happily chase a lure, making them ideal sport for spin and lure fishing, not to mention the fact that they’re excellent fighters and great to eat!

A 20lb snook would be a good one, although they are known to grow larger than 4 feet in length, like the one in the photo above. Most fish are probably caught in the low double figure range, or smaller, but they can still be great fun on light tackle.

snook release

Lovely snook

Thanks to Skinny Water Culture for the pictures.

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James Green loves nothing more than casting a fly in pursuit of salmon, seatrout or, when the opportunity arises, a tailing bonefish, tarpon or permit.