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What's hot: Snook have returned to the backside of the barrier islands in impressive numbers. Those ranging from 25 to 43 inches have been caught regularly, with most 31 to 39. Snook are "closed" for harvest until Sept. 1, so all must be released.

By NEIL TAYLOR, Times Correspondent
Published May 13, 2007


What's hot: Snook have returned to the backside of the barrier islands in impressive numbers. Those ranging from 25 to 43 inches have been caught regularly, with most 31 to 39. Snook are "closed" for harvest until Sept. 1, so all must be released.

Techniques: Larger live baits on or near the bottom will produce a strike. Artificial lures are equally effective and can be used to cover a lot of area. When a snook takes a lure, you will feel an unmistakable thump, your cue to set the hook. Fluorocarbon shock leaders from 25 to 30 pounds are helpful in preventing breakoffs.

Tactics: Snook are predictable. Deeper waters such as swash channels and passes are good at lower tides. At the highest, watch for snook near the mangrove shorelines. Startled baitfish are a sure sign snook are in a feeding pattern.