Hi Mr. Mcintire,
I carry a lot of lures, Mr. Mcintire. You never know which one is going to work, quite frankly, and I always carry (at least) the ones I am showing here. They are easily available on Amazon or at your local store (We are big fans of Tampa, Tarpon, and Saint Petersburg Fishing Outfitters.)
Here are the main lures I rely on out on the water for snook. They work all year, but this time of the year they work particularly well. It's springtime now and the fish are really coming to life. We've had a great season so far and it is only going to get better.
- Mirrolure Mirrodine - Medium size (not mini or XL) - Color - Greenback/Whitebelly
- Mister Twister Exude or DOA 5" Jerkbait (texas rigged) - Color - Arkansas Glow - Golden Bream
- Heddon Zara Spook Jr - Color - Bone or Bone/silver
- Spro Bucktail Jig from light ones to heavy ones - Color white or white bottoms. I try others.
Not only do they cover the entire water column, they could be used under any kind of conditions. I have caught many snook on every one of these lures. They also are the top sellers for snook in most tackle shops.
Something we do want to make sure you're aware of are the BARBS ON THESE TREBLE HOOKS. Take a pair of good needlnose pliers (or old rusty ones for all we care) and bend the barbs down. The hump at the sharp point of the hook will still keep fish on, but having the sharp barbs flattened will make it MUCH easier when it comes to releasing the fish. We release a lot of the fish we catch, and the post-release survival rate is MUCH higher if you flatten the barbs. It is even higher, though, if you change the hooks out for singles. Use J-Hooks if you do; circles will make it harder to actually hook a fish if they're hanging on a lure (we think so, anyway)
Have tight lines and enjoy our waters and our magazine :)
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