Catchin’ Snook


No record-breaker, but my first snook!
No record-breaker, but my first snook!

As we crossed Tamiami Trial from Miami heading to the west coast of the state, I announced that I wanted to catch a snook while in Sanibel. Although a little skeptical, John let me know he’d get me set up when I was ready to fish off the shore, something I’ve never done before.

Friday I read on the beach, went for a long walk, swam in the warm waters, but didn’t throw in a line. Meanwhile, John caught five snook in front of our hotel and then caught two more at Blind Pass at sunset.

It looked like I may have missed my opportunity to catch my first snook when we woke to find it windy with rougher, cloudy water on Saturday morning. Nevertheless, John caught a couple before breakfast so when he returned to the beach I decided it was time to give it a try. John provided a few tips and told me to cast out my line and feel for a hit while reeling and to be prepared to set the hook quickly.

It must be beginner’s luck (or a very good fishing instructor) because ten minutes later I reeled in my first snook. John caught six and although I only brought in one…I brought in one! Another way to enjoy time at the beach…snook fishing.

Two snook in two days!
Two snook in two days!

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