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Old 03-24-2015, 03:10 PM   #1
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Default Relocated to Tampa, Found Snook, can't bring em in.

So I unfortunately had to relocate to Tampa Bay area for my job and am lucky to live right by the Gandy Bridge. I have set up dock lights in green color and they have attracted an abundance of medium size snook. I am not used to their finnicky behavior and strength. I have used soft plastics, mirrolure, and chubs/shrimp and only had two hook ups, one broke off on a pylon the other broke off because I didn't have a net and tried to just haul him out of the water. I have a net now but they won't touch anything I got. Any tips from some people from the south?
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:11 PM   #2
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What size leader are you using?
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:30 PM   #3
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White and/or Chartreuse jigs... caught a bunch on them.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:12 PM   #5
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Default chartreuse Long A Bomber Magnum

I've slayed them at night with this.
Tossing free lined live baits are good also.
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:06 PM   #6
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Don't get involved in Snook fishing. That's a brutal, long road from which you will not recover!

My favorite three artificial baits for snook are:

-weightless jerk bait
-Unfair Rip-N-Slash
-Yo Zuri Crystal Minnow

For a natural bait, a freelined jumbo shrimp and Pilchard will do but nothing gets a slob like a live Ladyfish. You have to fish stout tackle with big live baits though.

In any bait selection, you should bump up your leader choice and stick with a high quality Fluoro.
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Make sure to fish the proper water flow(tides). Just because you can see them and they are there, doesn't mean those finicky souls want to eat.
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Make sure to fish the proper water flow(tides). Just because you can see them and they are there, doesn't mean those finicky souls want to eat.
"Finicky". That's about as polite and PC as you can describe a big Snook.
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Free Lining Pins didn't work, they would chase but give way at the last minute. They seem to be only going after microscopic electric fry on the surface. Wish I had a fly rod.
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definately try and match the hatch. When they turn on to what you have, it will be heaven.
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