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How to Catch a Tons of Snook

The best way to catch any fish is to figure out what they like. Snook like:

• Water temperatures between 70 and 82 degrees
• Structure
• Current
• Forage

Snook will die if the water temperature stays below 60 degrees for more than a couple of days and they prefer not to be in water hotter than 90 degrees. So a snook fisherman should focus on the sweet spot which is between 70 to about 82 degrees.

Snook like to lurk near structure. This structure can be dock posts, bridge pilings, a submerged tree, mangrove roots, rock piles… You get the idea. They are trying to find a place where they feel safe and where they can find something tasty to eat.

Snook are lazy. They like to wait for prey to come to them so they wait out of the current usually behind some sort of structure for an unsuspecting prey item to come their way. A snook has the capacity for a startling burst of speed to catch their prey. They also have a mouth similar to a five gallon bucket to fit amazingly large prey in their mouths.

Speaking of prey items; if you find a snook’s prey you will usually find a snook very nearby. Anytime a fisherman sees schools of fish like mullet, sardines, pilchards, glass minnows, or any other small fish it’s time to fish for a snook. They will most likely be watching the school for weak or injured fish to take out of the gene pool.

What are the best baits to use to catch a snook?

Now it’s time to talk about the best baits to use to catch a snook. They will readily take a dead bait fished on the bottom near any mangroves or structure that is to their liking. This fisherman’s best snook have been caught using dead bait. A nice chunk of lady fish, bluefish, mullet or pin fish will not likely be ignored by a hungry snook.

A snook will greedily devour a live pin fish, mullet, pilchard, lady fish, pig fish or just about any other fish that they can fit in their bucket mouths. These live baits can be presented underneath a float or free lined for best results.

The best artificial lure to catch a snook is hotly debated but my number one pick would have to be some sort of mullet imitation. This lure can be a top water mullet imitation or a suspending type of lure. They can be hard plastic or soft plastic. A hungry snook will not turn down a properly presented imitation mullet. Let’s get some lines wet!

Best Ways to Catch a Red Fish

vThe first step in targeting a specific species of fish is to know what they like. A red fish or red drum likes;

• Water temperatures between 70 through 85 degrees
• Oyster bars
• Grass flats/mud flats
• Mangrove roots
• Abundant forage

Florida red fish seem to be most active and ready to eat when the water temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees. They also seem to shut down their feeding when the water temperatures get below 60 degrees. So a fisherman should definitely carry a thermometer if they’re fishing from shore or a boat that doesn’t already have one.

Red drum like oyster bars. They will used their tough heads to move oyster clumps out of the way to get at the marine worms, shrimp and mud crabs that are usually under the big groups of oysters.

Another red drum haunt is grass flats. They love to forage for small fish, crabs and other crustaceans that hide in the sea grass. Large schools can be seen certain times of the year cruising the shallow grass flats around Florida. They also like to search mud flats for prey. Often they will be the first predators to venture up onto a mud flat but they will leave as soon as the first sharks appear.

In the more southerly parts of Florida, red fish can be found among the mangrove roots at high tide. They will pluck crabs, shrimp and small fish from among the roots whenever they get a chance.

Anytime a fisherman can find a red fish’s preferred prey items they can usually find red fish nearby. Large amounts of shrimp in the sea grass will undoubtedly draw the red fish in. Any large groups of fish like mullet, sardines, glass minnows, pilchards, pin fish… will also attract red fish.

The 3 best lures to catch a red drum depends upon the angler but this fisherman prefers;

• Scented plastics
• Gold spoons
• Spinner baits

Red fish have four nostrils which tells you that their olfactory system is very important to them. A stinky scented soft plastic is an excellent choice to catch a red fish with.

Gold spoons are very shiny and put out a lot of vibrations that are picked up by the lateral lines of fish. For some reason the gold spoons seem to work better than silver spoons for red drum.

A spinner bait is another great artificial lure to catch a red drum with. The spinner bait will put out a tremendous amount of vibrations attracting predators from quite a distance. The shine and movement of the spinner bait can be irresistible to red drums in shallow water.

Enjoy Deep Sea Fishing In Kona

dsvFishing for fun is a great activity. Whether you’re with friends or family you can be sure to enjoy yourself with a stress free fishing trip. You may even get a little competitive! The social bonding and exposure to nature are a few reasons to go shipping. But, maybe you are looking for something a little more… adventurous.

If you seek to roam further into the ocean, stray away from your typical bass and trout catches and dive into the darkness of the unlit surface waters, deep sea fishing may be for you.

What Is Deep Sea Fishing?

Deep sea fishing is a much more complex form of fishing. As the name suggests it requires deep seas, which are located far away from land. Often referred to as sports fishing.

When you venture out to these deep seas, you travel far from the shallow waters of standard fishing. Here, it is a totally different fish game. Think about it, where do sharks swim? Deep seas. A wide array of fish species can be found in the dark deep seas. Possibilities are limitless with this style of fishing and will make for a very enjoyable trip.

Where To Fish?

Calm waters, located a short trip from land, populated with a range of species year round, is the seas you want to find. Whether you are starting out, or consider yourself a sports fishing guru, this will be the most suitable environment.

As a novice fisher, you want calm, safe seas. This way you can learn the ropes and are always a safe trip from home. With seas populated year round, you can adventure out and improve your skills any time you like,

As a sports fishing enthusiast, you want seas full with every species A-Z. This way you can discover new, and wild fish for your first time. Perfect for this competitive fishers, who desire to fish for the rare catch!

So, do these waters exist, or only in a dream world?

Yes! In Kona, Hawaii.

About Kona

Famously known for their Blue Marlin, the Kona waters are the perfect destination for newbies and experienced deep sea fishers. If you are looking to catch a grander, complete in a competition or simply enjoy the experience looking for something to grill, Kona has more than enough opportunities for you to avail of.

Opportunities in Kona

It is advised that you purchase yourself a fishing charter when heading to Kona, to ensure the best experience possible. There are a range of options available, from half days, three quarter days and even a full day if you prefer. Whilst on board these exclusive charters you won’t require your own fishing license. Tackle, bait and ice will all be included in your package. All your fishing needs will be covered, and you may even receive lunch and drinks depending on your choice.

With up to 6 people per boats, renting a boat can provide your family or friends with a day filled of fishing fun. Maybe you want to join a competition, or host a private event with your friends on other boats? No problem! You can be sure to receive great cooperation on these charter deals, to maximise your Kona experience.

Now, on to the fish. In the deep Kona seas, you can expect to catch Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Short Billed Spearfish, possible even a Black Marlin and many more exclusive species.

Visit Kona For The Ultimate Experience

It should now be abundantly clear, travelling to Kona to fish can be a fun, economic activity for family and friends. The calm shores close to land, and huge mountains enhance your protection in those magnificent deep seas.

Orvis Silver Sonic Waders

dvI got my first pair of Silver Sonics about two months ago and so far I’ve absolutely loved them. Even though the weather has been cold now in the beginning of the season they kept me reasonably warm. You can only do such much in 32-degree water.

I started off in a nearby lake stocked with rainbow trout, or at least so they claim. My catches support a theory that there is no fish in the lake or that I’m a really poor trout fisherman. I give both options about equal chance being true.

To begin with, I’m a pretty big guy. That’s a nice way of saying fat, but I didn’t have any problem getting into the Orvis waders. And this is a process that sometimes looks like making sausage.

On of the really nice things about the waders is the Convertible part of the name. Even though I didn’t have any need for it on this specific cold ass Saturday the functionality that lets you convert you chest waders to hip waders works great and it’s a feature I can see myself using a lot this summer.

The breathability seemed good. After a few hours, my socks were still dry as no lake had formed in my boots. If you ever tried a pair of neoprene waders you know what I’m talking about. If the waders are not breathable the will get wet inside and this has nothing to do with the fact that you are actually standing in water but the fact that the is condense created and there is no way for it to escape.

The construction of the waders looks really sturdy and Orvis says that these are hard-wearing, breathable, everyday waders for the serious angler. The main wader is made of the same durable 4-layer nylon fabric as the Pack and Travel waders while the upper is a lighter weight 4-layer nylon, the same fabric used in the Pro Guides.

As we already an innovative suspension system allows you to convert them to waist-highs without removing suspenders, a perfect feature for warm spring afternoons. They also feature an extensive pocket system that gives you plenty of space for tackle boxes, lines, clippers and other stuff.

I got mine for $260 and while it’s a bit of money you get a lot of value for your hard earned dollars. They are my new favorite model and still a lot cheaper than the popular Simms models that they compete with.