First off thanks to my friend for the awesome boat driving skills while I was fighting this beast. By far the heaviest snook Ive ever landed. The pics dont do it justice...
Fishing the Indian river along some docks on Wednesday night. We were fighting a south wind the whole time.. not a very bad south wind but enough that we were skeptical about catching anything. I managed to put two dink trout in the boat within the first hour or so... not a good start. So we decide to head to another spot with less wind and on our way out stopped at one last dock.
I throw a paddle tail minnow on a jig head, and boom. Fish on, it immediately runs under the dock and out the other side. Some boat maneuvering ensues, I hand my rod off to my friend who passes it under some pilings and hands it back to me. The snook takes off like a rocket and covers about 50 yards in no time, going under another dock. More boat maneuvering to follow, as we chase the fish while driving in the dark, in reverse, under 2 or 3 docks. I had to pass the rod from hand to hand several times to get it around some dock pilings, and had to hand it off to my friend twice so he could unwrap my line from the docks. Obviously the fishing gods were smiling on me on this one, because as much time as I spent with my line literally racing and pulling right up against docks loaded with barnacles... I should have lost the fish. Using only 10 pound test Im guessing If I had the same hookup 10 more times I would probably lose the fish 9 of 10 times.
After about a 15 minute ridiculously silly battle we managed to put the fish in the boat, snap some quick pics and then spend the next few minutes reviving it before watching it swim off.