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Snook Season Finally Open

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On: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 3:59PM | By: John Paeno


As you have probably heard, and anticipated, the opening of Snook season is finally here! It has been a long three years.

We had plenty of rain this year and the inland areas are inundated with fresh water. Snook don't mind the fresh water but the bait fish do. Granted there is plenty of mullet to feed on, but I am willing to bet most of the bait fish are out further.

Areas like Boca Grande feed the northern wall of Charlotte harbor and salinity isn't much of an issue, but once you get inside Pine Island Sound the water starts to get real light on salt.

The boatlift in Matlacha is still gushing water into the backside of the flats and has scoured the area clean. Salinity is lean and doesn't start to get better unil you head to the north end of Pine Island and start fishing around Useppa Island, Cabbage Key and Cayo Costa, Bear and East Part Islands. We were fishing back there last month and caught Reds up to 28 inches and Snook up to 32 inches on the flats. Trout are still an easy catch and salinity is fine and gets better the closer you get to the barrier islands.

Governor Rick Scott came by last month and pretended he cared, but he never made it to the beaches and Sanibel where the real problem was. He was afraid to face his constituents with real money because he would have had to make real promises. They're expensive, but they can be made.

Hopefully, since we are into September the weather will become more Fall-like and we will begin to dry out and we won’t have to worry about it until next year. I will give them this. They have made progress and have great plans for storage areas and new flow systems to the south to put water back into the Glades where it belongs and not unfiltered into pristine estuaries, so thank you for that.

I was talking about the bait fish being further out into the harbors and sound and I was thinking this will be a great opportunity for live bait presentation as well as artificial with the root beer-colored water we have right now. The fish are going to be more apt to strike an artificial and absolutely devour a live bait. Pick your favorite Snook spot and time your tides right and you will do ok.

Snook prefer moving water, but not so much that they have to exert too much effort to aquire food. Usually two hours before and two hours after any tide flow should present opportunities to land a nice fish this season.

I appreciate hearing from you and your continued information letting me know how your catches have been. Let’s get through this month and see what we come up with and decide if closing the season made a difference or not.

While in Charlotte or Lee counties give me a call and I’ll put you on em’. 239-333-7502.

Love & Light




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