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what's your go to soft plastic for Sebastien River snook/tarpon?

winderbillwinderbill Senior MemberwindermerePosts: 328 Deckhand
I've had some luck with lipped plugs and reflecto spoons. Just curious what soft plastics you've had good luck with

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  • winderbillwinderbill Senior Member windermerePosts: 328 Deckhand
    To be fair, these are my go to hard baits

  • jt904jt904 Junior Member Posts: 152 Deckhand
    paddle tails, doesnt matter which kind, on weighted weedless hooks 
    176 Key West Stealth 


  • diverdandiverdan jacksonville flPosts: 38 Deckhand
    I like DOA CAL glow color on a 1/4 oz mission fishin jig head
  • RevJoeyFitzRevJoeyFitz North FLPosts: 211 Deckhand
    I’ve watched videos of guys doing really well with the NLBN mullets with both tarpon and snook. A young guy I like to watch is Justin Menendez. Here’s a link to a video where he does just that:

    https://youtu.be/mRebZfbIeSM
  • CoolBeansCoolBeans Brevard CountyPosts: 9 Deckhand
    I have had some good luck with 5in Berkeley Gulps. Vary the jig-head weight based on the current.
  • gogittumgogittum Nature CoastPosts: 3,828 Captain
    edited April 2022 #7
    I’ve watched videos of guys doing really well with the NLBN mullets with both tarpon and snook. A young guy I like to watch is Justin Menendez. Here’s a link to a video where he does just that:

    https://youtu.be/mRebZfbIeSM
    I watched that video with my tongue hanging out.  What a day they had.  Question, tho' - I see them handling the Snook as I would a Bass - by the lip, barehanded. 

    That's fine, but I understand a Snook has a sharp edge on their gill plate or near it that can cut like a razor. 

    Where exactly is that cutting edge ??  I haven't caught one yet, (soon, I hope) and would like to be forewarned.
  • CoolBeansCoolBeans Brevard CountyPosts: 9 Deckhand
    gogittum said:
    I’ve watched videos of guys doing really well with the NLBN mullets with both tarpon and snook. A young guy I like to watch is Justin Menendez. Here’s a link to a video where he does just that:

    https://youtu.be/mRebZfbIeSM
    I watched that video with my tongue hanging out.  What a day they had.  Question, tho' - I see them handling the Snook as I would a Bass - by the lip, barehanded. 

    That's fine, but I understand a Snook has a sharp edge on their gill plate or near it that can cut like a razor. 

    Where exactly is that cutting edge ??  I haven't caught one yet, (soon, I hope) and would like to be forewarned.

  • CoolBeansCoolBeans Brevard CountyPosts: 9 Deckhand
    Greetings gogittum: the best advice that I can give about snook and their sharp gill situation, is that the "sharp" area is just inside the gills. I have caught hundreds of snook, and in my opinion, it is best to keep fingers/hands away from their gill area. If keeping the snook, always check the current length and season laws, try using gloves. Good luck!
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Senior Member SebastianPosts: 21,265 AG
    Frank...the sharp area is on the outside of the gill plate... It is only an issue if the fish gets the leader wrapped or she gets so far out that the line is running along the body.

    Snook have no teeth....but leader is required because of denticals in there lips that will wear thru by rubbing the line across it.
    Bass have the same thing to a lesser degree but if you lip enough bass in a trip...you will have a raw thumb too.
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Senior Member SebastianPosts: 21,265 AG
    To the OP...
    The guys who do a lot of that Fishery...Use DOA terror eyes ...white or root beer
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • MikeT1MikeT1 Member Posts: 54 Deckhand
    CoolBeans said:
    I have had some good luck with 5in Berkeley Gulps. Vary the jig-head weight based on the current.
    Berkley Gulp - same for me (including reds and trout).  Mostly using a 4 inch swimming mullet in pearl white or root beer with chartreuse tail.
  • RevJoeyFitzRevJoeyFitz North FLPosts: 211 Deckhand
    gogittum said:
    I’ve watched videos of guys doing really well with the NLBN mullets with both tarpon and snook. A young guy I like to watch is Justin Menendez. Here’s a link to a video where he does just that:

    https://youtu.be/mRebZfbIeSM
    I watched that video with my tongue hanging out.  What a day they had.  Question, tho' - I see them handling the Snook as I would a Bass - by the lip, barehanded. 

    That's fine, but I understand a Snook has a sharp edge on their gill plate or near it that can cut like a razor. 

    Where exactly is that cutting edge ??  I haven't caught one yet, (soon, I hope) and would like to be forewarned.
    Yeah, like you I don’t have the experience with snook…yet 😆 
  • FlecFlec Senior Member Posts: 735 Officer
    Snook are not paralyzed like a bass when you lip them and will shake like crazy as you hold them. Especially the smaller ones. Mangrove snapper have that sharp gillplate as well, on the outside.
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