Tag Archives: Snook

Great Snook Day – 04/29/2015

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Billy Rotne and I fishing with Captain George Gozdz today in Stuart, FL.  We hooked over 20 but landed 10 that were all great specimens (the two largest were about 15 Lbs.).

 

The interesting thing about hunting Snook here is that it is truly “Combat Fishing.”  Immediately after they ambush your bait, you pretty much have to pull back as hard as you can to keep them away from the structure.  The drag is completely tightened down and we are using 50 Lb. test line.

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Once clear of the structure, you have to keep the Snook from running, jumping, cartwheeling and tail walking.  When you get them under control, the challenge shifts to trying to grab them by the mouth, lift them into the boat and removing the hook (all while avoiding their gill-plate that is razor sharp and could slice your hand open).

We have one more day to fish tomorrow as we continue our quest for the 30+ pounder.

More to follow.

T.O.

A Few Of The Best Fish Photos – 2015 Spring Campaign

Report from the Chokoloskee, FL (aka The Everglades).

We had a very productive day with Captain John Stark catching many quality back-country Snook deep in the Everglades.  We missed on several really big Tarpon (150 Lbs.+) but we know where they live and will have another go tomorrow.  We are determined to get even and get Katie her first Tarpon on the incoming tide.

Attached are several outstanding pictures from multiple fishing sites over the past week.

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More to follow.

T.O.

Snook Anyone?

A great day fishing in Stuart with Captain George Gozdz (host of the Florida Sportsman Fishing Show “Reel Time”).

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Katie and I landed around 20 Snook and at least as many Jacks.  The largest Snook was around 20 Lbs and had a massive head that could easily swallow a softball.  Hooking and landing these ambush predators around the harbor obstructions is a real challenge.  Our hook to land ratio was only around 20% using 40 Lb. braided line and 40 Lb. fluorocarbon leader.  We believe that we had a few fish that could have tipped the scales at over 30 Lbs but we were unable to land them (nor did we even see some of them).

More to follow as we now shift the Spring Field Campaign to Boca Raton.

T.O.

Catching the “Law Firm”

Tarpon, Snook, Gar, Bowfin and Bass

Another great day fishing in FL with Captain Billy Rotne and Charlie Dawson.

We navigated deep into the backcountry of Spruce Creek to hunt for some very diverse species.

Caught the Law Firm –  Tarpon, Snook, Gar, Bowfin and Bass.

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Highlight of the day was a 5 Ft, 20 pound Gar that leaped and cartwheeled six feet out of the water when hooked.

Also landed the Accounting Firm – Catfish, Bluefish and Jack.  AND – missed landing a very large Bonner head Shark.

More to follow as we hunt for the 50 pound redfish tomorrow.

T.O.