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Pre-frontal Snook bite

I had John who I work with at TC3 aboard today, with his high school friend, Clint from Texas.  We had an outgoing tide with 20 knot East winds and the temperature dropped overnight, water temperature was 76 degrees.  Based on the wind and tide, I decided to fish the South Fork to avoid the winds.  It started off slow on the Roosevelt Bridge, although once we moved to docks, the baits (live shrimp) were getting blown up on.  John hooked a drag screamer that immediately broke him off, he immediately redeemed himself landing a Snook.  It was cat and mouse all day with Clint landing the next Snook, followed by John.  The fourth Snook was a hybrid, Tarpon Snook, notice the small mouth and big eyes.  Five Snook in the boat by 1:30 and they were done.  Made the call to the “bull pen” and Bob was at the dock with rods in hand, waiting his turn.  This time I ran South to the Ten Cent Bridge looking for the Croaker bite which was non-existent and found a Snook waiting for a fight under the pilings.  Bob came up short on Snook but landed a few Snapper.  I had to be in by 3:30 as Connie had her debut at Jammin Jensen selling her Arts and Crafts.  I owe Bob a longer trip.  Until the next tide……….. 


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  • tarponhuntertarponhunter Posts: 498 Deckhand
    Wow thats a great day! The fish have been fired up here in Ft. pierce too! You may also be interested to know the tarpon snook isn't a hybrid but its own snook species like the fat or swordspine snooks. It def gets its name cause it certainly looks like a cross between the two.
  • Aquaholic IVAquaholic IV Posts: 1,048 Officer
    Wow thats a great day! The fish have been fired up here in Ft. pierce too! You may also be interested to know the tarpon snook isn't a hybrid but its own snook species like the fat or swordspine snooks. It def gets its name cause it certainly looks like a cross between the two.
    Excellent point, I didn't know that, I always thought that the Tarpon Snook, Small Scale/Large Scale Fat Snook were hybrids.  I'm curious how they evolved, South Florida, Flamingo, Everglades City, etc. I never caught them.  They are quite abundant in the Stuart area.  Thank you.
  • tarponhuntertarponhunter Posts: 498 Deckhand
    That's a very good point I've only really caught them in the South Indian river area as well. I've caught fat and swordspine snook elsewhere and I know they occupy a more inshore role staying in the creeks and tributaries and away from the flats and inlets. My guess is the tarpon snook are the same but not really sure why they've evolved to look the way they do and why they've separated from the other snook species.
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