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Seven Deadly Snook Fishing Lures

Anglers can fool stealthy snook with these popular lure styles.

August 9, 2022
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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. Snook aren’t just caught in Florida though, as they can be found year-round in South Texas. Other places too. If you fish the surf in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, you might catch the biggest snook of your life. Shrimp, mullet 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.

Swim Baits for Snook

7 Deadly Snook Lures
Swim Baits
Tie on a swimbait and cast it out far. Great spots to fish include along seawalls, in the surf, and near bridge pilings.
Dave Lear

Soft-plastic lures that imitate finger mullet and other prime forage require no live wells, only a sharp hook. D.O.A. BaitBusters, Magic Swimmers and LiveTarget Mullet provide enticing action in a variety of depths simply with a slow steady retrieve. Natural patterns are good, although many snook (nicknamed “linesiders” because their prominent horizontal black line) have come to the net on classic red head-white body combos.

Suspending Plugs for Snook

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Suspending Plugs
Plugs are perfect to work just under the surface when baitfish schools are nearby.
Dave Lear

Suspending plugs are effective in current with a slow twitch and pause presentation. These hard baits are ideal for working near the surface around docks, seawalls, bridge pilings and other structure. Rapala X-Rap Twitchin’ Mullet, MirrOlure MirrOdines, Unfair Lures, Yo-Zuri and Halco are good choices in this category.

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Jigs for Snook

Jig Soft Plastic for Snook
Jig and Soft Plastic
Jigheads paired with soft plastics catch snook in most conditions. Try to give it a stop-and-go retrieve.
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A jighead and soft bait combo might be the most versatile lure to catch snook. The weight of the jighead makes it easy to cast, and the action of the soft bait elicits strikes readily. Top soft baits are available from Z-Man, Berkley Gulp!, Storm, D.O.A. and plenty of others. Anglers often use jigs to catch snook when fan-casting an area, unsure of the exact areas snook are holding. Always keep some jigs in your tackle box. One unique jig for snook is called the “flare hawk” jig, or something similar. The beefy jig excels at the bottom, near bridge pilings, in deep water with active current.

Shrimp Lures for Snook

7 Deadly Snook Lures
Artificial Shrimp
Shrimp lures should be worked slowly. Let them settle to the bottom before beginning the retrieve.
Dave Lear

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. D.O.A., LiveTarget, VuDu, Z-Man and Gulp! lead the charge. Each lure maker offers slightly different variations of shrimp imitations, but they are very productive. The most common mistake anglers make with shrimp lures is working them too fast.

Jerk Baits for Snook

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Jerk Baits
Jerk baits work well for largemouth bass, but they’re also killer for saltwater species such as snook and seatrout.
Dave Lear

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. The soft jerk baits imitate a fleeing baitfish that snook can’t resist. Rigged weedless, jerkbaits are perfect to skip-cast underneath mangrove overhangs for snook. Add a bit of scent to your bait for extra attraction.

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Spoons for Snook Fishing

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Spoons
When fishing in an area with redfish and snook, a spoon is a great option for both species.
Dave Lear

The classic Johnson weedless gold or silver spoon retrieved with a slow, steady wobble has fooled many snook. The Aqua Dream Living willow blade variety in white is a good imitation of a wounded white bait (pilchard). Spoons work well when fishing near deeper grass flats, as the metal tends to deflect weeds.

Flies for Snook Fishing

7 Deadly Snook Lures
Deceivers
Don’t be afraid to cast a fly near dock lights in the dead of night for snook.
Dave Lear

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.

7 Deadly Snook Lures
Dahlberg Divers
Natural colors in white, browns, and grays are great options for snook flies.
Dave Lear

Spun deer hair patterns like the Dahlberg Diver move a lot of water and cause commotion. Natural colors are good, but don’t be afraid to add a little pizazz to the pattern.

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