Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Another Big Snook From Matlacha

I went out on my own in the Beavertail today to chase some low tide redfish and my third cast produced this 28 inch snook instead.  What the heck is going on here?  The state closes snook season until next fall and all I catch are legal size fish.  It kills me that I won't be able to grill one of these for a year but I'll give the Feds the benefit of the doubt on this one.  While I disagree with their estimates of how many snook we lost in last winter's freeze I'm sure this closure will help increase our stocks.  Anyway, this fish clobbered a weedless white Strike King.  It was also lying in a pothole well out from the mangroves in northern Matlacha Pass.  I was hoping for a nice red but I'll never turn down the chance to fight a big snook on light tackle.