7 Tips To Catch Snook In Mangroves (With Artificial Lures)


It’s snook time!

Do you want to catch more snook on artificial lures?

One of the best ways to do that is to skip lures under the mangroves where the snook are waiting in ambush for an easy meal.

I’ve caught hundreds of snook this way and in this video, I’m going to show you some of my best tips so that you can do it, too.

You’ll learn:

  • How to choose the best spots to cast to (which really helps when you’re fishing hundreds of yards of mangrove shoreline)
  • The best lures to skip under the mangroves for big snook
  • How to get broken off less
  • And much more

Check out the video below.

How To Catch Snook In The Mangroves [VIDEO]

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Here are 7 tips to catch more snook along mangrove shorelines:

Tip #1: Look for shorelines where the water doesn’t go too far back under the mangroves

In places where the water goes back several feet, it can be hard to get your lure back to the fish, and if you do hook into one, it can be almost impossible to get them out.

Tip #2: Cast at openings in the mangroves

Casting to areas where there are openings in the mangroves gives you a chance to get your lure close to the roots and can also make it easier for you to get the fish out.

Tip #3: Stay about 20 yards out from the shore

If you’re too far from the mangroves, your cast may be inaccurate, and if you’re too close, you can spook the fish.

Tip #4: Cast perpendicular to the mangroves

As you’re drifting parallel to the mangroves, cast directly at them.

If you’re casting at an angle, it can be really easy for the fish to go straight into the roots and break you off.

Tip #5: Use heavier line than you normally would on the flats

I use 30 lb fluorocarbon leader and I recommend 20 lb braid.

Braid is not as abrasion-resistant as fluorocarbon or mono, and it’s usually what gets broken through, so I definitely recommend stepping up the line strength there.

Tip #6: Use a proven lure

I like to skip soft plastic paddletails or jerk shads under the mangroves for snook.

My favorite paddletail is the Slam Shady and my favorite jerk shad is the Alabama Leprechaun.

Sure, other lures do work, but if you stick to one or two proven lures then you can focus on covering as much ground as possible.

Tip #6: Be ready to set the hook immediately

My lure usually gets hit as it’s falling, so don’t set your rod down after you cast.

Toss your lure under the mangroves, give it a few bumps, retrieve it a little bit, then quickly bring it back in.

Doing this will let you spend the majority of your fishing time with the lure in the strike zone, which will help you catch more fish.

Tip #7: Don’t be afraid to cast to the same spot twice

If you see a good spot, cast to it, and don’t get a bite… cast to it again!

That’s how I caught the snook in the video above.


east coast snook

If you want to catch more snook along mangrove shorelines, here are the main points: use a proven lure and cover lots of ground.

Keep the rest of the tips in mind, too, and you’ll be right on your way to becoming a consistent snook angler.

Have any questions about catching snook under mangroves?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Empty Pockets Fishing
3 years ago

St. Croix Triumph rod in rod holder? What rod do you have in hand?

Empty Pockets Fishing
3 years ago

Joe skipping Mangroves

Jimmy Braddy
3 years ago

You guys are Awsome!!!! Thankyou for all your saltwater tips!!! First time I used a Slam Shady I stuck a nice 20″ trout about 7 feet off the mangroves.

Sean Travis
3 years ago

Hey Tony, what are your thoughts on spots where you consistently catch smaller snook but can’t seem to get any bigger ones? Do you think they’re there and I just need to switch up what I’m doing to target them or should I try different areas to target larger fish?

A. Rollins
3 years ago
Reply to  Sean Travis

You may want to try to weed out the smaller fish with bigger baits. Such as a 10″ Hogy on a size 10-12 swimbait hook. That method is working for me right now, during these hot summer months in Florida.

Last edited 3 years ago by A. Rollins
Caden Kaufman
3 years ago

Yah aren’t you to use a 5inch in late summer and fall.

Caden Kaufman
3 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

O, ok….thanks for that clarification!👍👍

3 years ago

You were using a 3 1/2 inch paddle tail I thought you were supposed to use a 5 inch paddle tail.

Caden Kaufman
3 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

I get it. Thank you Tony!

Gary Rankel
3 years ago

Floating plastics like the easy to skip ZMan Grasskicker rigged weedless work great for this kind of fishing.

Stan Mitchell
3 years ago

As always great video Tony.

dave Eddins
3 years ago

Where was this video made. I noticed the brown water, our water on the spacecoast is turning brown again.

David Wamsley
3 years ago

Hi Tony, you mentioned the leader and line but what rod & reel are you using?


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