Snook Season Is Open Again On Florida's Gulf Coast

Snook season has been closed on our coast of Florida for three years now, after the great freeze that killed thousands of the fish. Naturally, when they re-opened snook season this month it was to every fisherman's delight!

snook season is open again

Snook fishing requires not only a fishing license but also a special snook stamp, which costs extra. My fishing license expired three weeks ago and my next birthday is in October. Once I turn 65 next month, I no longer need a fishing license so I opted not to fish until my birthday comes. Seeing that snook on Ronnie's line made it really difficult but I know the laws and did not want to break the law or get a stiff fine! So I only grabbed the net and helped Ronnie land this beautiful fish.

snook season is open again

It measured a fraction of an inch under the maximum allowed length of 33". The maximum and minimum sizes vary from location in Florida, as do the moratoriums and season length. It is always best to check on the local rules if you are visiting an area since there is an excellent chance that they are not the same as the part of Florida you live in.

snook season is open again

Ronnie brought it home and filleted the fish downstairs rather than bringing the whole fish upstairs into the kitchen. He then dug nice deep holes in my veggie garden and buried the remains - including that enormous head! My blueberries are near by and I am sure they will love the nutrients from those fish!

It was a good dinner last night - panko breaded snook and pan fried potatoes and onions! With all that fish, we will be having fresh snook for several more days - and he is out fishing again today!!!!

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Jean Jannopoulo
Love where you live - Sarasota, FL
Coppola Realty Group

Lucky you!  Your posts are such refreshing reminders to enjoy what's in your own back yard.  And all those bass fishermen out there might enjoy knowing that snook is every bit as delicious and maybe even better than any bass!  I'd like to invite myself to dinner at your house...

Sep 11, 2013 01:13 AM #1
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Fresh caught snook is just amazing. I did not realize it is the start of the season...thanks for the reminder :)

Sep 11, 2013 01:32 AM #2
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Barbara-Jo, I have never heard of Snook but it sounds like you had a delicious meal. 

Sep 11, 2013 01:59 AM #3
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

such fun to catch as well, they are nice game fish to hook and reel in while enjoying florida!

Sep 11, 2013 02:36 AM #5
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Looks like a nice filet! I didn't know you were an October baby.... I am too! (29th)

Sep 11, 2013 03:43 AM #6
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Barbara Jo, 

I do not recall ever eating snook but it sounds and looks wonderful. Must be nice to go out catch your dinner. Fishing in Florida and abiding by the law is fairly complicated based on what I have read in your blogs. 

Sep 11, 2013 08:16 AM #7
Christine OShea
Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker - Naples, FL

Hi Barbara Jo, I have never has Snook but I have been to the Snook Inn on Marco Island!  i hope to have some this seson and, btw, you ROCK that you are waiting till you are 65!

Sep 11, 2013 10:42 AM #8
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Million $ Guild Cert Luxury Home KW Land Division

Yep my friend Barbara Johnson hit the big 65 today and I posted a birthday message about her...

Sep 11, 2013 02:36 PM #9
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I did not know that after 65 a license is not needed.  Learn something new everyday.

Sep 12, 2013 12:55 AM #10
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thanks for all of the comments on snook season! More photos to come, for sure!!!

Sep 12, 2013 08:58 AM #11
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