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.
- 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]
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.
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.
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.
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