Welcome to the Snook fishing guide Victoria. Snook local fish species facts and Limits. Snook also known as a shortfin pike are toothy critters that like shallow weedy areas. These long and fast silverfish are often a bycatch for those in Port Phillip bay targeting snapper, whiting and flathead. They’re not considered a good table fish but they are a lot of fun to catch on light spinning gear.
With a scientific name of Sphyraena novaehollandiae snook has a minimum legal size limit of 30cm, with a daily bag limit of 10. They can grow over a meter in size and most commonly caught are between 30 and 45cm. Watch this video on how we catch big snook with soft plastics.
Bait to catch Snook
We recommend the following baits to catch snook
- peeled prawn
Lures and soft plastics to catch Snook
Snook love natural-looking soft plastics retrieved at medium pace including minnows, paddle tails, and grubs. Add scent to the soft plastics really seems to help. Snook also respond well to shallow and mid diving hard body lures in shiny colours retrieved at a medium pace. Metal slugs and blades trolled slowly also work very well.
- Berkley gulp turtleback worm
- Daiwa Double Clutch
- Daiwa Bait Junkie 2.5 inch grub
- Savage Gear Fat Curl tails
- Daiwa Bautjunkie 4 inch grubs
- Zman slim Swimz
- Berkley powerbait grub
- Gulp 3 inch minnow
- Dawia Bait Junkie paddle tail minnow
- Zman grubZ
- Squidges biotough grub
- Munroes 3.75 inch paddle tails
- shallow and mid diving hard body lures
- metal slugs
How to catch snook
Snook can be caught during most months and times of the year. Despite their sharp teeth it’s still best to target them with light gear that you would generally use for pinkies and flathead. We recommend a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo spin rod paired with a 2500 size reel, spooled with 8-12 pound line and leader. Do handle snook with care as they have razor-sharp teeth. Handle with care these guys have rows of razor-sharp teeth that can do serious damage. This is particularly important when fishing from a kayak or boat. They will often shred your soft plastics and lures so make sure you have extra with you if that’s what your target.
Snook hot spots
- Port Melbourne
- Webb dock
- Campbells Cove
- St Kilda Pier
- Princess Pier
You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities
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