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Old 06-16-2011, 09:04 AM
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Snook leader

Can anyone offer a leader formula for snook fishing. How heavy should the shock tippet be and what knot is best to tie to the leader?
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:39 AM
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Last yr I started using a 20 tippet, and all I did was feed them flies. then I used successfully (but checked for abrassions each fish) Orvis fluro 38lb. Did not find them leader shy at all. That size tioppet lasted on ave.of 2 fish, then I retied.
FYI...most successful fly was a Crystal Sminnow in about 2 to 2 1/2 length. Simple tie...one full piece of white marabeau extended behind the fly the length of the shank.....medium sized bead chain eyes and wrapped white estaz on the shank........easy tie...5 minutes at best and it even works on stripers in the surf when they are feeding on anchovies.
My leader set up was 5ft (loop to loop to line) of 50 lb butt section...then 5 ft (loop to loop) of the 38 lb. Fly turned over well. 10 ft is overkill..but after a few fish it was 9 ft
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Thanks Ron. I'll tie some of those up tonight.
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I've always fished an 8wt or once in a while 9 wt for Snook . I've generally used a 9' leader tapered to a 15#. Once the fish get into the mid-20" and larger you'll want a 30# bite tippet 12-ish inches long. I tie on the bite tippet with a Slim Beauty or a Triple Surgeons if in a hurry. You generally need to shorten or change the bite tippet after a fish or two...the abraded tippet shows up like a hawser.
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Jeez, Ron, where were you fishing? I haven't been able to find a decent snook fishing the last several years, and I've looked from Belize to Florida.

Man, I love those fish.

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Eric.....last mid June, my wife and I went to Sanibel Florida...........for approx a month they migrate/spawn right along the beach........saw 200 to 300 fish a day....most right in the trough 2 ft off the shore. had to stand back 30 ft on the sand and cast parrallel along the trough. Best spot was a location called "The Rocks". PM me and I'll give you the exact location.
Most fish were caught were under huge bait balls some up to 30 ft in diamenter. Fished the edges and parallel to any hole in the bait ball (the hole was an indicator of a snook under the ball.
it was my first time snook fishing....fortunately a guy with over 20 yrs of snook fishing experience...adopted me fo rthe day and gave me more info/knowledge/techniques than I would ever achieve on my own.
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Last yr I started using a 20 tippet, and all I did was feed them flies. then I used successfully (but checked for abrassions each fish) Orvis fluro 38lb. Did not find them leader shy at all. That size tioppet lasted on ave.of 2 fish, then I retied.
FYI...most successful fly was a Crystal Sminnow in about 2 to 2 1/2 length. Simple tie...one full piece of white marabeau extended behind the fly the length of the shank.....medium sized bead chain eyes and wrapped white estaz on the shank........easy tie...5 minutes at best and it even works on stripers in the surf when they are feeding on anchovies.
My leader set up was 5ft (loop to loop to line) of 50 lb butt section...then 5 ft (loop to loop) of the 38 lb. Fly turned over well. 10 ft is overkill..but after a few fish it was 9 ft
Ron
Personally, I'd put a section of 16# or 20# between the 50# butt and 38# tippet. There's a safety factor there, but it also helps to be able to break off if you end up getting hung up on something you can't reach.
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