Have you ever lived with anyone who was so picky about the temperature in the house that they couldn't tolerate even one degree above or below a narrow comfort range?
That's how picky a snook is. Highly temperature sensitive, snook rely on the temperature of the water to heat their bodies. The snook's comfort range is between 68-78 degrees F. Anything outside that range and they become sluggish and inactive. Because snook cannot tolerate sudden changes much below 60 degrees, a strong, fast moving cold front through an area containing snook may claim many lives due to the rapid drop in water temperature.
Snook can tolerate a wide range of salinity and may be found in fresh water, hence why they can be found in Texas bays, passes, streams, rivers, and along the Gulf beaches. They can be found in shallow grass flats when water temperatures are warm, but may be found in deeper waters--especially around structure such as pilings--at all water temperatures.
Snook are known as "ambush feeders" meaning that they'll surprise attack their prey as it moves into range. This occurs especially at the mouths of inlets where currents play a role while the snook waits in hiding behind bridge pilings, rocks, or other submerged structures. Besides preying on small fish, snook also feed on shrimp, crabs, and mollusks.
Prized by anglers for their aggressive strikes and go-for-broke fighting style, they offer plenty of challenge for fishermen.
And delicious? If you are lucky enough to land a keeper, give it a try and find out why it's called "a rare seasonal treat that's worth the effort." But you have to take its skin off, otherwise you'll discover why it's nicknamed the 'soap fish'.
Because snook fishing involves a lot of hunting and a fair amount of luck, landing a big snook is considered a true feat. The Galveston charter guides know the areas they fish better than anyone.