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Updated: 08/28/2014 08:00:02AM

Get excited about snook

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WaterLine photo by Josh Olive

This snook ate a Gulp! shrimp rigged belly-up on a jighead, but the number of other lures it might have found equally enticing is unfathomably large.

Brannon fished with Uncle Bo and caught his first snook.

By Capt. Van Hubbard

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It’s still hot as Hades and that’s not going to change soon, but snook like it hot and are going to finally be available again when the fall season opens Monday. It’s hard to guess how good catching will be because it’s been such an unusual summer. We have endured a lot of west winds recently, with fronts stalling out over central Florida since July. I did see good schools of fish occasionally, just not when or where I expected them to be. I’m not sure how much of that can be attributed to the crazy weather, because we’ve also had more boat traffic than usual (at least until the last week or so).

I’m excited that snook are opening again, and anxious to see how many folks come out to catch them. The phone activity, or I should say lack of activity, tells me snook opening is nothing like the big deal it was last year after three years of total closure. My observation is that once we force folks to alter their habits and stop fishing, they don’t migrate back. Some are diehards, but busy opening days appear to be history. I’d really like to be wrong on this, but I saw the same thing with kingfishing. The Gulf waters were packed, if weather allowed, as thousands of boaters enjoyed the start of mackerel action. Our coastal communities could use that fall business again. The bizarre fact is we still have the fish with liberal limits. Maybe folks just forgot about that fabulous fishing season?

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