Snook Season to Open on Atlantic Coast

Snook season will open on the Florida Atlantic coast Sept. 1,2011 according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Thedaily bag limit for anglers will be one snook per day, within a slot measuring28-32 inches.

Snook harvesting in the Gulf of Mexico, Everglades NationalPark and Monroe County (the Florida Keys) remain closed until Aug. 31, 2012.

In early January 2010 unusual cold weather moved intoFlorida. The cold spell lingered causing fish kills throughout the state.

TheFWC reacted quickly in issuing executive orders temporarilyextending the closed snook season and temporarily closing seasons for bonefishand tarpon. The season closures were designed to protect the surviving snookfor the spring spawn and allow researcher time to study the damage to thesnook, bonefish and tarpon fishery. Since that time the Florida Fish andWildlife Conservation Commission has monitored the fish populations andadjusted seasons to aid in continued restoration.

Catch and Release is permitted throughout the state. The sale of snook is illegal in Florida and the harvest of snookis recreational only.

Bridges, spillways, docks, inlets, flats and surf are allplaces to target snook. Spoons, Bombers, jig head swim baits, D.O.A. shrimp,Live shrimp and pilchards with popping corks are some choice baits to use.

Fish to be released should be handled with care to reducestress and increase their survival rate.

Tight Lines and Screaming Drags!!

Stay Salty my Friends!

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