Snook and largemouth bass have a lot in common. Both are ambush predators that use shadows and structure to attack prey. With water temperatures on the rise, the snook are moving from their shelter of the backcountry creeks and canals to the beaches and open-water passes to prepare for the summer spawn. These fish are hungry and it doesn't take much to trigger a strike. Nothing beats a handful of scaled sardines but if you are an artificial enthusiast looking for a challenge, here are five spring lures guaranteed to get a bite.
Concealed leader deploys upon strike. Fish can't see the leader — fish can't throw the hook. Slow works best. Perfect for fishing the passes as well as docks and spill ways. $14.99
Slayer Inc., Lure Co., Sinister Series
S.S.T. Sinister Swim Tail 31/2 inches, S.S.B. Sinister Stick Bait 41/4 inches, S.T.B. Sinister Twitch Bait 5 inches
Designed with "Flow Motion" Technology , slow-rolled, twitched or just a steady retrieve, the sinister bait series works in both fresh and saltwater. Great for fishing potholes on the flats. $4.29 to $4.99 .
Storm WildEye Swim Shad, 3 inches, ¼ oz.
Presents a life-like pattern and action in a soft-plastic body. The holographic insert, swimming flash foil and internal jig head make this lure a real threat on the flats. This bait has great action with a steady retrieve. $4.79
SPRO Sports Professionals Bucktail Jig, ½ oz.
An old reliable that works in all conditions. Great for walking the beach, slowly bounce along bottom. Work passes, bridges and rock jetties. $4.09
Maverick by GoldenEye Lures
This leaping surface lure simulates an injured minnow. The #223 size is great for snook. This bait has long been a tightly-held secret among night-time snook anglers. $7.59