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Mosquito Lagoon Snook
Fishing For Snook In Haulover Canal Of The Mosquito Lagoon
Friday April 28, 2017
The Mosquito Lagoon is not the snook fishing mecca that many parts of Florida is, but it does have it's moments. Snook are typically not a sought after species on the Lagoon this far north, but as the weather has warmed over the last few years and the winters have been mild, we've found snook in the backwaters, along the dropoffs and in troughs in the shallow water flats. Mosquito Lagoon is well known for it's fabulous sightfishing for redfish and awesome spotted sea trout fishing, but the other two types of sportfish that are regularly sought after are the tarpon and hard hitting snook.
Mosquito Lagoon Snook?
The biggest snook seem to be in the Haulover Canal from my experience, explains Captain Richard Bradley, but many anglers have found them on the deeper mangrove shorelines. Typically you can find them in the Haulover Canal during the warmer months and they seem to move away or stress out during the coldest months, typically not feeding strongly. On the flats or along natural shorelines the snook are found near deep water when the water is high in the summer and fall months. Snook seem to like structure, water and baitfish. Find deeper water along the shoreline with plenty of mangrove roots and loads of baitfish and you've probably got the ingredients for snook.
When Can You Catch
Mosquito Lagoon Snook?
During the warmer months is typically the best. Big snook are spawning on the beaches during the summer so look for late spring and early summer to be productive. As the summer wanes down you can find them eating up calories during the fall mullet run at inlets or in the lagoon itself. Then as winter sets in... Snook can become less predictable.
What Do You Catch
Mosquito Lagoon Snook on?
Many guides are strictly artificial anglers and this can lead to missed opportunities when it comes to snook on the flats. Yes! Snook will eat artificial's many times but more often than not they prefer a live finfish like a mullet, pilchard or pigfish. It's not often that Captain Richard goes out fishing without catching at least a few live baits along with an assortment of artificial. Snook can be a stubborn fish when it comes to strikes, especially during mid-day as they are more known for nocturnal feeding.
You can read more about snook on our snook species page and while snook are often not as abundant in the Mosquito Lagoon they are more prevalent down south near Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral and Sebastian where anglers can target snook almost year round during the right conditions. Typically the Mosquito Lagoon has snook as an opportunity fishery rather than a targeted species. But when there's snook on the flats are along the mangroves on the Mosquito flats during the warmer times of the year. Lookout! You're in for a fight!
If you're looking to learn about snook fishing while you're visiting the Mosquito Lagoon or Orlando area, ask Captain Gina to set you up a snook fishing trip with our premier snook fishing guide, Captain Richard Bradley. Snook are warm water fish and are more often caught south of the Mosquito Lagoon area toward Sebastian Inlet or possibly Port Canaveral. When booking the trip remember that Mosquito Lagoon is typically a redfish and sea trout destination but snook "can" be caught there from time to time when the conditions are right.
Snook are inshore fish with an attitude. They are generally a golden yellow in color with a dark black lateral line (stripe) running the length of their body. Their mouth is similar to a large mouth bass' size & shape, yet their gills are razor sharp so watch out when handling these guys.
Most anglers don't know about or haven't caught the four species of snook in Florida. In East Central Florida waters we have alot of common and fat snook. The tarpon and swordspine are more frequent in South Florida.
Snook are revered as one of the most prestigious fish to catch, partly because they tend to be finicky about how and when they will approach a presented bait but mostly because of their fighting tactics (which seem unfair). But if you want to tangle with a fish thats' bound and determined to give you a brutal fight... SNOOK is your fish.
From central Florida south, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings NEARSHORE. They are usually low-light or nocturnal feeders so get up early or fish at night for these large inshore preditors.
Snook fishing in East Central Florida is most often during the late spring, summer and fall months and starts to fade into the colder winter months. Typically during the winter months snook either head south or look for backwater areas where the water temperatures are move favorable. Don't look for snook to be active feeders during the winter months of January - March unless we have prolonged warm fronts or indian summers that bring the snook into a more active feeding cycle. During the spring snook are migrating toward their summer June-August spawning grounds along the beaches near inlets and ports. Snook often stage between their winter holdouts and the spawning grounds on spoil islands, docks and structure before heading out to meet their mates on the beach.
Backwater snook can be fished for with a wide variety of artificials from jerk baits to top waters and plugs, much like bass anglers do around shorelines and structure including mangroves, stumps, docks, etc...
Saltwater flats often hold nice sized snook, look for baitfish, nearby structure including dropoffs or mangrove shorelines or docks. Fish for flats snook with live bait like pilchards or greenies or subtle shrimp or baitfish imitations. Remember that snook like the comfort of structure and can feel vulnerable in the open flat. Often snook have to be excited with live chum to get them to cooperate in open water flats.
Inlet fishing is usually done at night with livebait by drifting during the preferred tide phase (usually outgoing) or throwing plugs like bombers, rapalas or other baitfish imitations. This type of fishing is not for the novice and can be very challenging on the angler. You often break off and must have above average skills when fishing in heavy currents at night during the outgoing tides and fall swells.
Snook spawn primarily in summer; cannot tolerate water temperatures below 60 degrees F; can tolerate wholly fresh or saltwater; schools along shore and in passes during spawning season; feeds on fish and large crustaceans.
Snook in East Central Florida have many different habitats and conditions that make them a great target for anglers looking for variable ways to catch this elusive fish. Juvenile fish can be caught in the estuaries, canals and backwater areas almost all year long. While not as prestigious as large breeder snook, they are non-the-less enjoyable to catch and will bite on everything from baitcasters to flyrods and everything between. Juvenile snook are suckers for artificial's and readily take live bait as well.
Big breeding snook spawn on or near the beaches of Central Florida and always have a passageway or access to the beaches or inlets available to them. The only time a breeder snook is generally caught in the backwaters here is because it's a cooler transitional time period usually. Canaveral snook spend their winter months in the Port under docks, wharfs and around other structure like boats and pilings. You often see them hanging around the lights at night in small and large schools. Sebastian Inlet Snook are caught in the inlet itself during the summer and fall months and many of the larger snook migrate south to Jupiter Inlet or hunker down in the fresh warmer water of the Sebastian River a short distance away.
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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: November 02 2016 13:30:20.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©
April - 2017 Fishing Report
April - 2017 Fishing Forecast
April of 2017 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.
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