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Everglades Snook Fishing
Everglades National Park, FL
Snook are an ambush predator, they love shallow water and structure of all sorts, but their specialty is lurking in the shadows of the mangrove roots, lieing in wait for the unsuspecting angler to cast his fly.
Centropomus Undecimalis, the "common snook," feeds almost entirely on small baitfish, glass minnows, whitebait and mullet, sometimes shrimp or small crabs, so the flies we use are primarily streamers. As I work on the site I'll make a page about the flies I use.
They move with the seasons like all the others, from the Gulf Coast beaches in the summer to the warm water and baitfish in the backcountry during the winter. Snook love shallow water and they can be found throughout the Everglades in areas that are ideal for the fly rod angler and light tackle enthusiast. Snook are most active during the warmer months and during the coldest months they seek shelter in the backcountry in some of the thinnest water they ever occupy, often only a few inches deep. They are difficult to approach at times like these but a deliberate angler can get close enough for a cast. Some of the best fishing for snook, and everything else for that matter, is in July. I'd add September, October and November to that too, and August if it doesn't get too hot.
We use six to nine weight fly rods and conventional gear from eight to sixteen pound test.
That's Terry Rusthoven in the photo' above.
the fall migration...
I recently enjoyed a very pleasant and successful fly fishing trip with Captain Ned, out of Everglades City. It was my first trip to this area in the fall, and I was anxious to try for snook as they are starting their fall migration to the backcountry.
I could not have been more pleased, both with the fishing and the company of Captain Ned. Ned had spot after spot for us to try and we did not linger if there was no action. We caught snook every day with a beautiful thirty three incher as the topper. I plan on being back there next fall.
I'm up to eight days a year with Captain Ned and wish I could find time for more days on one of the most beautiful and rewarding bodies of water I have ever fished, especially with a first class guide like Ned.
This is Kevin's friend, Chris Hamilton with the snook described in the sidebar.