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Offshore Snook

Hello, first post on the forum. I have been snook fishing out of Stuart for a while now, and have just now started to figure out targeting these fish outside on the nearshore reefs. It seems there are populations of snook that stay offshore almost all year. Just wondering if anyone else has targeted these fish, and has any idea why the snook are transitioning to a reef species?
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  • conchydongconchydong Posts: 15,456 AG
    I've seen large congregations of Snook on the first and second reefs during the closed spawning season. That is the only time of year I see them on the reefs and they usually are not interested in feeding. 

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  • SoutheastSnookerSoutheastSnooker Posts: 39 Deckhand
    They’ve always been really eager to eat when I drop down a greenie to them! I caught them all the way through mid October last year, but haven’t gotten out there since then. 
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  • Aquaholic IVAquaholic IV Posts: 1,076 Officer
    I've caught them at the Bullshark Barge and 14 years ago when the anchor balls were off the beach south of the St. Lucie Inlet we dove the reef.   There were five foot separations in the coral reef and hundreds of Snook in those deeper separations.  It was amazing.  Sadly, at that time I didn't record the information in my calendar so I don't know what months it was but definately summer months.  Further, they removed the anchor balls and I have never been able to locate the separations again, I know where the reef is but not the separations.  
  • SoutheastSnookerSoutheastSnooker Posts: 39 Deckhand
    I've caught them at the Bullshark Barge 
    Shhhhhh.... there's a reason I only said nearshore reefs  ;) 
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