Monday, September 6, 2010

Big Pine Island Snook And No, You Can't Keep Any This Year

Despite the fact that FWC canceled the 2010 snook season, you can still catch and release some really impressive ones around the mangroves right now.  My dad and I hit the water in his boat this morning and loaded up the bait well of his big Action Craft with one toss of the cast net.  Schools of greenbacks and threadfins are all over the sand bars in Matlacha Pass right, especially in the Two Pines area.  That's great news because chumming the shoreline with live bait is a guaranteed way to make the snook start popping.

We caught plenty of undersized snook before finally pulling this 29 incher out of a very tight creek that dad and I had been scouting out all summer.  It was a really tough battle in an area not much wider than our boat but the 30# Power Pro kept the fish from getting too far under the mangroves.  We also landed two keeper redfish and an 18 inch trout to round out the Slam.  Everyone I've talked to has had some really great catching right lately thanks to so much easy bait in our waters.