Went Snook fishing with friends and my wife while in Florida this week. Ended up catching fish pretty much every 3rd cast for 5 hours straight, was a lot of fun. Most fish were probably 3 to 6 pounds, with a couple pushing 10 pounds.
My friend lives in Lakeland, and several people he works with recommended The Mad Snooker
. Started fishing at dusk. Capt. Dave made a couple casts to show us how to present the bait and lures, and then we went at it. It was sort of like a cross between top water bass fishing, and stream fishing for trout. The fish were stacked up along points and structure in the tidal flows. They were easy to spook, we had to move spots once because my friend hit a light with his lure, sounded like ringing a bell, and the bite shut off immediately.
Overall I was very happy with Capt. Dave. The boat was clean, he was funny, had plenty of stories, was great at teaching you what to do and explain what you needed to change to catch fish. My wife isn't much more than a worm killer when it comes to fishing, but he had her casting and catching her own fish on lures.
He was saying the bigger fish will start showing up next month. We saw a few shadows that dwarfed the other fish. He was also talking about how most of the Snook in Tampa Bay died off winter of 2010, due to the cold. So the fish are catch and release only until the population comes back.