6/30 Snook...just one...but a good one

Got out there looking for tarpon. Saw very few tarpon and the ones we did see weren't letting us take quality shots. Not the way to start a trip. Ran into a gator, a big gator. It stuck both it's head and tail out of the water, then slammed his head back down. Really agressive and obviously was not happy about us being in his yard. Decided to get away from him and look for our targeted speices. Got up to the orange bouys and started casting across. Seeing a few larger tarpon on the other side had us excited. Took two casts before boom fish on. Fish is running hard and peeling my little baby 2500. Came back to the other side of the bouys and had to have my buddy lift the cable up so i could bring my rod back underneath it. Mission accomplished with keeping the fish on. Of course at this point the fish had ran 50yards off of my 2500 shimano with 10lb test. Being that I don't get much pulling power from a 6-12lb rod I had to fight this fish for little bit. Had no idea until the fish started to come to the surface, thought it was a big tarpon about to go aerial.... WRONG! Up comes a beautiful fatty girl snook who wanted to show us how well she keeps up her gills. Great site to see a big fish do its best to get out of the water. Finally pulled her up to the boat and got my hand on her lips. Oh my what a big mouth you have....Makes my hands look like they belong to a toddler. Seriously just a great fish. Didn't measure her because we just wanted to snap some quick pictures and get her back into the water for her revival. This fish was an easy 40inches from past experience. Was a little worried at first with the revival but 30seconds into it she didnt just bite down on my thumb....she was trying to take my thumb with her. Got my hand back and she swam off strong. Saw a man from shore hook up one of equal size on topwater, but he ended up popping that one off unfortunately. He was heartbroken... I felt his pain being that happens to us all. That was our only bite, hook up, and fish landed this morning. This is a fish that makes the day though. Real happy right now hope you guys can imagine me with a grin from ear to ear. On the way in we got to see more wildlife including an osprey take a mullet out of the water. Not the most graceful thing I have ever seen but awesome to watch it splash down and wrap it's claws into a mullet. Saw a jetski on it's way to the bottom as well. If you're missing your jetski....this may solve your problem. Picture time....only part of this that matters.



  • SFCarlSFCarl Posts: 300 Officer
    Spillway snook? nice..
  • ShallowExpectationsShallowExpectations Posts: 380 Officer
    Yessir, not a bad consolation prize for missing out on the tarpon today.
  • Joupdog1Joupdog1 Posts: 1,416 Officer
    Very nice snook! What color DOA Shrimp is that with the little bit of green in it?
  • ShallowExpectationsShallowExpectations Posts: 380 Officer
    332 is the color #.... red glitter and chartuese.
  • Marker954Marker954 Posts: 404 Officer
    Nice work on the fight. I had to land a tarpon the same way once only the fish made me do it twice which really added to the excitement. :thumbsup
  • SnookMan772SnookMan772 Posts: 646 Officer
    That's a very nice snook!!!!! I love to see how dark they get back in that brackish water.

    A few buddies of mine fished there from shore Saturday and caught a few juvi tarpons. I'm talking 20 inchers.....
    Your snook probably could have ate them alive, if he wanted!

    If you haven't already you should send that mouth photo to snookfoundation.org. They are looking for pics like that to show people that you can take great photos with the fish still in the water.

    Nice work, we need to get out sometime.

    Are you a member of any of the local clubs?
  • ShallowExpectationsShallowExpectations Posts: 380 Officer
    Yeah she was a beauty! I enjoy those small tarpon. Especially on my light gear they still take some nice drag.

    I only belong to the Florida Sportsman! I would be down to get out there sometime and do work on tarpon and snook....i mean if you're going to twist my arm and all.
  • SaltwataSlaughtaSaltwataSlaughta Posts: 187 Officer
  • FloridaBoyFloridaBoy Posts: 284 Officer
    Nice snook! How big do you think the gator was? I have gator tags for st lucie county abd would love to take him from one of my favorite fishing spots....
  • e-moneye-money Posts: 4,257 Officer
    Stud snook on artificial, and cool you are respectful about release.
    USCG Freelance Licensed Captain
    20 years experience Offshore & Bahamas ( Sailfish, Dolphin, Wahoo, Swordfish & Bottom Fish.)
    (I teach people how to be more effective AND catch MORE and BIGGER fish on their own boats!)
  • century7century7 Posts: 2,400 Captain
    that first pic is awesome.
    It works 60% of the time all the time......
  • ShallowExpectationsShallowExpectations Posts: 380 Officer
    FloridaBoy wrote: »
    Nice snook! How big do you think the gator was? I have gator tags for st lucie county abd would love to take him from one of my favorite fishing spots....

    FloridaBoy, This gator was probably at the 10 foot mark give or take a few inches. Unfortunately if you have St Lucie county tags this gator was in Martin County. When they are agressive like that I'm certain he plans on staying in that area for some time.

    Century, That picture was by far my favorite. Hoping to get it infront of the boys over there at DOA. Figured they would enjoy seeing the picture at the very least. My buddy does a great job with his photography.

    Thanks everyone, Have a happy 4th of July. Hoping to post another report asap, but always enjoy reading everyone elses' as well.

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