7 Deadly Snook Lures

Fool snook with these seven lures.

What’s not to like about snook? They’re challenging to catch, fight hard, jump and, when in season, are delicious on the plate. Snook are even expanding their range from Jacksonville south and back up the Gulf into Florida’s Big Bend, plus they can be found year-round in South Texas. Shrimp and pilchards top the live bait list, but there are several styles of lures that fool ‘em too. Here are the seven deadliest snook lures of all time.

7 Deadly Snook Lures
Swim Baits
Soft-plastic lures that imitate finger mullet and other prime forage require no live wells, only a sharp hook. DOA BaitBusters, Sebile Magic Swimmers and Live Target Mullet provide enticing action in a variety of depths simply with a slow steady retrieve. Natural patterns are good, alt-hough many linesiders have come to the net on classic red head-white body combos.
Dave Lear
7 Deadly Snook Lures
Suspending Plugs
Effective in current with a slow twitch and pause presentation, these hard baits are ideal for working around docks, seawalls, bridge pilings and other structure. Rapala X-Rap Twitchin' Mullet, MirrOlure MirrOdines, Unfair Lures Rip-n-Slash and Hall 'Em In Custom Lures are good choices in this category.
Dave Lear
7 Deadly Snook Lures
Shrimp
A well-placed fake shrimp in a pot hole or skipped under docks will often trigger explosive strikes. Natural colors are never wrong, but sliver glitter or holographic some-times catches their eye. DOA, Live Target, VuDu, Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ and Gulp! lead the charge.
Dave Lear
7 Deadly Snook Lures
Jerk Baits
Soft jerk baits with their enticing tail action is another proven snook-catcher. Rigged weedless with stout wide gap worm hooks, weighted swim bait hooks or simply nose-hooked with a short shank live bait or circle hook and twitched erratically will do the trick.
Dave Lear
7 Deadly Snook Lures
Spoons
The classic Johnson weedless gold or silver spoon retrieved with a slow, steady wobble has fooled many linesiders. The Aqua Dream Living willow blade variety in white is a good imitation of a wounded white bait (pilchard).
Dave Lear
7 Deadly Snook Lures
Deceivers
With a seductive pulse and broad profile, the Deceiver fly has deceived its share of trophy fish over the years. Olive over pearl or chartreuse over white with a couple strands of flash will certainly attract attention.
Dave Lear
7 Deadly Snook Lures
Dahlberg Divers
Spun deer hair patterns like the Dahlberg Diver move a lot of wa-ter and cause commotion. Natural colors are good, but don't be afraid to add a little pizazz to the pattern.
Dave Lear