3 Tips To Catching Snook In The Summer (From The Beach)
It’s summertime and you know what that means…
Snook are out on the beaches!
This can be one of the best times to catch snook, especially without a boat.
But there are some key things to keep in mind while targeting snook from the beach if you want to have a successful day of catching.
Want to know what those key points are?
Watch the video below with Wader Dave, the master of wade fishing, for tips on how to catch snook from the beach.
Summer Snook Fishing From The Beach [VIDEO]
Isn’t it crazy to see exactly where the snook are congregating along the beaches?
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How To Find Snook On The Beach
Like anytime you’re looking for fish, when you’re on the beach fishing for snook you want to see:
Although a beach may appear to be featureless from the surface, there are several underwater elements that you’ll typically find, and these are the features that hold fish:
- Swash channels
- Sand bars
In addition to those underwater elements, fishing the points of barrier islands often hold fish as well.
Equipment For Beach Snooking
Wader Dave typically goes with a little heavier setup when he’s targeting snook on the beach than when he’s wading the flats.
Here’s his go-to setup:
- Medium action (He uses a 7′ 6″ St. Croix Avid Spinning Rod)
- 4000 series spinning reel
- 10 lb braid
- 4-5 feet of fluorocarbon leader
- 1/4 oz jighead
- His go-to bait is the Mirrolure Lil John in the Golden Bream color
- Another good option would be the Slam Shady paddletail
2 Biggest Mistakes When Beach Fishing For Snook
Wader Dave typically sees two main mistakes when fishing the beaches for snook, and they both have to do with casting direction.
The first mistake is casting down current, and retrieving your lure up current.
The snook are looking into the current in hopes that the current will bring them breakfast, so if your lure is going against the current, snook will either not see it, or see it and be suspicious of it because it’s not swimming in the direction they’re expecting breakfast to be swimming.
The other mistake is casting perpendicular to the beach.
The snook are usually hanging close to the beach in the swash channel, and if you cast your lure perpendicular to the beach, your lure is spending a very short amount of time in the strike zone.
Wader Dave has the most success in this scenario:
- Wading a few feet into the water (which gives you a lower profile and helps avoid detection by snook)
- Casting parallel to the beach (giving his lure the maximum time in the strike zone)
- Casting up current and retrieving his lure down with the current (because the snook are expecting bait to be swimming down current)
It’s important to note here that Wader Dave has caught some of his biggest snook right up on the beach, in just a few inches of water.
Have any questions about catching snook on the beach?
Let us know in the comments below.
And remember, if you want to catch snook from the beach, follow these steps:
- Look for structure (dropoffs, swash channels, points, grass, sandbars, washouts)
- Step up your tackle a bit to safely catch and release bigger snook
- Wade into the water to give yourself a lower profile and cast up current, parallel to the beach
A huge thank you and shoutout to Wader Dave for these tips.
If you want to book a wade fishing trip or learn more about wade fishing in general, check out his website at WadersGuide.com.
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