Native Sons Fishing Guides, Central Florida & Indian River Lagoon Fishing Charters

May 16, 2009 – Snook Explosion

One of the most prized inshore species is the snook. Well known for their spectacular fights, sneaky tactics and finicky appetites, the snook is the hardest member of our inshore slam to catch. This past week our central Florida exploded when the wiley snook went on a tear. And five fortunate charter party were treated to the angling thrill of a life-time. Their snooky accounts are as follows.

Ken Handle and crew thought they were in for a relaxing, pedestrian-paced day on the water as a break from the hyper-grind of a Disney World vacation. Little did they realize their last minute decision to go fishing would thrust them into the snook ‘twilight zone’. Out of all their recent Orlando memories, I’ll wager the one most deeply imbedded will be of the charter with Captain Roland. Pictured below are two of Ken’s giant snook caught on light tackle near Sebastian Inlet:

Dr. Greene along with his son Brian of Melbourne Beach had been hoping to hop aboard Capt. Roland’s boat for quite some time. These old friends of the Grizz had been subjected to so many stories of amazing angling success on his charters over the years; they could not stand it any longer. Their guide trip started slow but when the ‘bite’ finally came, they were up to the challenge. Pictured below is Dr. Greene proudly examining a snook and Brian holding a monster trout.

It may not be in good form to extol one’s own exploits in a public forum but the following triumph has to be broadcasted. Pictured below is Capt. ‘Grizz’ with a Goliath-sized snook caught yesterday. The monster was 44 inches long and weighed in excess of 30 pounds (the state certified Boca grip scale used the weight the fish ends at 30 pounds). It was bested on mere 10 pound mono line in about two feet of water. This is a personal record for Capt. Roland … both Capt. Peter and I am green with envy. Great going Grizz!

Speaking of Capt. Peter, he also found the giant snook this past week and his clients had a blast catching, photographing and releasing. One set of clients, Kurt and Lorie, not only caught snook with Peter but tarpon, bull shark, redfish, trout, gar, and jack cavelle as well. Their fishing trip was so special we decided to submit an exclusive, in-depth follow-up report to it. Pictured below is Kurt with one of the giant snook caught of his charter with Capt. Peter.

Now snook feed during both daylight and night-time hours. And evening snook hunts are often preferred among the local old-times. Pictured below is young-timer Capt. Peter with an 18 pounder caught during a recent night-time adventure. By the way, we offer late afternoon snook charters from May to November. The river and inshore waters morph into a different realm after sunset.

The snook action will continue to sizzle throughout the summer. Call us to reserve a date to stalk these savage beasts … you just may be treated to a thrill of a lifetime.

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