Snook (Robalo)


Snook have long, pointed heads with strongly projecting lower jaws. The back is gray, with a yellow-green tint, and it is separated from the silvery lower sides and belly by a distinctive black lateral line.

Where Found

Stronger concentrations of Snook are found on the Caribbean cosat of Costa Rica, with lighter populations found on the Pacific side. Snook are year-round residents of mangrove-lined bays, estuaries, canals, and lower reaches of rivers and river mouths where the water temperature is 60°F or warmer. They will move between freshwater, estuaries, and saltwater. The species is seldom caught in water deeper than 65 feet. During the spawning season, fish may be seen congregating around passes between islands and mouths of rivers.

Feeding Habits

Snook are aggressive predators that seek their prey throughout the water column. Foods include both freshwater and saltwater species of crustaceans and fishes. Some of the items identified in the stomachs are crayfish, shrimps, crabs, pinfish, pigfish, mullet, anchovies, and other small baitfish.

Peak Fishing Season

Caught year round here, however better caught in th edry season when nearshore waters and river mouths offer clearer water.

Sporting Qualities
Excellent. Snook are hard fighters that often attempt to run for cover when hooked. These fish ae a challenge and great sport on light tackle.

Most Effective Technique

Small live baits casted and drifted at river mouths and estuary shore lines or beach heads, have proven to be the most effective technique used to catch this elusive fish. Casted and retrieved plastics and artificials work well also.

Food Quality

Excellent. Light, White flaky fillets can be prepared a variety of ways.

World Record

53 lbs. 10 ounces (common snook) Costa Rica

Preferred Water Temps

60 degrees or warmer