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I Got Struck By A Torepdo

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Starting the morning with a couple of small snook, 25" or so was just fine considering snook are tough to catch now.  Minutes before tide change as I see the dirty water staring to flow out the only cuda we saw follows my tube.  As a rule followers don't strike, it's the ones you don't see that do, I then make a second toss about 30' in front and game on.  Pflueger arbor 50, 14# silver thread on a mh Quantum blue runner.

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Awesome! That'd be a mighty fun catch, I'd wager.

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Awesome! That'd be a mighty fun catch, I'd wager.

Of what I fish I for on a regular basis, it's one of the most exciting, the strike is bone jarring at about 30 mph.  We specifically target them with our own home made lures, they are not accidental catches, makes it all the more rewarding.  We don't catch them everyday, wind has to be right, the right tide, and water clarity.  Days can go by without seeing one, they may follow and not strike, they may strike and miss the hook, if hooked you gotta land it, so the catch rate is low.  Almost a guarantee I won't catch one today, but I'll be trying.

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What's a cuda snook?

 

Hahahaha! Cuda is short for Barracuda. Snook is short for SirSnookalot (his name)

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Of what I fish I for on a regular basis, it's one of the most exciting, the strike is bone jarring at about 30 mph.  We specifically target them with our own home made lures, they are not accidental catches, makes it all the more rewarding.  We don't catch them everyday, wind has to be right, the right tide, and water clarity.  Days can go by without seeing one, they may follow and not strike, they may strike and miss the hook, if hooked you gotta land it, so the catch rate is low.  Almost a guarantee I won't catch one today, but I'll be trying.

 

I've only done saltwater fishing a few times (deep sea 2x, 1x for Striper), not to mention saltwater fishing from docks. Never caught anything big from the docks, but then, Virginia waters don't have the myriad of species in Florida. For that, I suppose I'm jealous.

 

Deep sea, the biggest I've caught were 4' King Mackerels. Great fun, but probably not as fun as your Cuda. I'm needing an education on saltwater fishing still. Got some guys who've told me "how-to" for trout and such, but I just never get out except with my boys on a local dock (brackish water).

 

We always use cut bait, either blood worms, eel, or shrimp and either bottom fish, or use a float. Not too much else.

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Nice fish! I've been to the flats in key west and me and my dead each got one 20-25lbs! Long casts with topwater... I even have it on video!

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I've only done saltwater fishing a few times (deep sea 2x, 1x for Striper), not to mention saltwater fishing from docks. Never caught anything big from the docks, but then, Virginia waters don't have the myriad of species in Florida. For that, I suppose I'm jealous.

 

Deep sea, the biggest I've caught were 4' King Mackerels. Great fun, but probably not as fun as your Cuda. I'm needing an education on saltwater fishing still. Got some guys who've told me "how-to" for trout and such, but I just never get out except with my boys on a local dock (brackish water).

 

We always use cut bait, either blood worms, eel, or shrimp and either bottom fish, or use a float. Not too much else.

Don't under estimate a King, a four footer is pushing 40#, they'll wrap ya around the boat a few times.  A kingfish that size is an awesome fish, pound for pound maybe tougher than a cuda with a bit more stamina.  When it comes to the strike itself, a cuda is pretty high on my list, but it's all subjective.

 

Saltwater fishing is no different than freshwater in regards to understanding the fish that you are targeting, the more you do it the more knowledge you get.

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I don't always fish saltwater but when I do I always seem to catch randomness. Jacks, Boneheads, Nurse Sharks, hammerheads, crabs, octapus.... and oyster fish like their going out of style. I gave up lol. I do love the fights though, very fun cranking on reels for a long time trying to outlast the fish. Always wondered how great it must feel to land a big Marlin.

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I don't always fish saltwater but when I do I always seem to catch randomness. Jacks, Boneheads, Nurse Sharks, hammerheads, crabs, octapus.... and oyster fish like their going out of style. I gave up lol. I do love the fights though, very fun cranking on reels for a long time trying to outlast the fish. Always wondered how great it must feel to land a big Marlin.

Quite often it is a random catch, especially when using cut bait.  We do "target" offshore, live bait with kite or balloon is popular among sailfishers and trolling at speed (8-14 knots) is a good method for wahoo, kingfish and billfish, they are extremely fast swimming fish.

I spend a large portion of my time fishing inshore, I'm always trying to target a certain species.  There are some basic factors to use as a rule of thumb, tide and wind direction, surf height, water clarity and so on.  For the most part fish here are not ambush predators like a LMB, even snook move around to some extent.  Many of our species just swim around looking for bait, covering large areas of water, becomes a matter of what mother nature is bringing in.  One day it can be jacks, another day mackerel, and in the winter like now it can be no fish.

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I got pretty good at targeting trout and redfish. Especially spotting the drums in flats. Snook though had me stumped all last summer. Looking at giant Snook while I worked at a marina. Every lunch break of amost everyday I was getting a new bomber out and in the water usually passing it by a huge snooks face. No luck. Live Pin Fish on a hook though seemed to do the trick for most of my co-workers. I never really cared to use bait though.

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Snook can be one of the easiest fish to catch at times or one of the hardest, that depends on the variables.   The rule of thumbs generally apply but as with any fish you just never know.  Those variables are different with each separate venue, those being fishing from a beach, or a sea wall, pier or jettie, or from a boat.  Freshwater too, but I have no expertise in that area, I'm strictly saltwater for them.  It's not difficult to learn their idiosyncrasies, except to say time spent fishing and observing, I've been doing it nearly 7 days a week for 10 straight years.

 

If one can target and catch snook in the winter using only artificial, to me that's a real snook fisherman. 

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