Snook - When they run hold on tight to your rod

The Common Snook is a very sought after game fish that resides in Florida’s coastal inshore waters.  Known for their fighting ability making fast runs peeling the drag, and maybe a jump or two out of the water.  They grow up to 50 pounds, and like to stay in warmer coastal waters. Table fare is considered by many to be in the top tier of good eats that come from our waters.
Learn more about Florida Snook here:
Snook are ambush predators, and prefer heavy structure to hide in while waiting for a meal to swim by.  Snook are highly intelligent and often will turn their nose at a lure thrown to them if not presented just right.  Captain Colin uses a wide variety of tactics to target snook including topwater plugs, jerk baits, swim baits, live pinfish etc.  overall the snook is a highly rewarding fish to trick into eating your lure and a satisfying fight to say the least at that.

More here than further south

Due to last year’s red tide outbreak, snook are strictly “catch and release” for the west coast of Florida south of us. Our area didn’t have the red tide infection, and is still heavy with these sought after game fish.

Red tide Closure Snook
Snook orient themselves to face moving water and wait for prey to be carried down the current. Good baits include live pinfish, small mullet, shrimp, or sardines free-lined or fished off the bottom with a fish finder rig. They take a large variety of lures based on water conditions.

Your Charter includes:

  • Your fishing license! It’s included.
  • Stable, smooth, and dry ride.
  • Custom built 22 foot Sabalo Bay Boat, suitable for up to four anglers comfortably.
  • Elevated helm for spotting schools and water activity.
  • Captain Colin himself, and his experience and knowledge of fish patterns and these waterways.
  • Garmin GPS with Bottom finder for location and depth intelligence
  • Stereo system with Rocksford Fosgate water resistant speakers
  • VHF radio for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications
  • 110 quart cooler full of ice.
  • Motorguide(r) XI5 Remote controlled trolling motor, for easing up to skittish fish, without spooking them.
  • Bob’s Machine Jackplate (for easy shallow water access without prop scars)
  • High end rods with Shimano reels – all the gear and tackle is included.
  • Comfortable seating for guests

All required US Coast Guard Safety gear: Life Jackets, Fire Extinguisher, Throwable life Preserver, and other important smaller items.

You should bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses (polarized recommended)
  • Comfortable clothing.  May include a jacket or raingear, depending on the season.  Check with the Captain and be mindful of weather!
  • Food and drinks for the day.
  • A good cell phone or camera!

No need to bring your own fishing gear, it’s included. If you’ve got some special gear and want to use it, talk to Captain Colin first.


  • Bulky items like an extra cooler, purses, backpacks, or other large items.
  • No handheld GPS systems allowed on board
  • Nothing the local police would get upset over – Drugs come to mind.

Learn about Snook at the State of Florida’s salt water fish and game here.