November offers great day and night snook fishing in rivers. These fish are stretched from the mouth to 8 to 10 miles upriver.
Use your depth finder to search for deep holes where snook gather, and check around bridges and docks. During the day use top-water lures and plastic jigs around docks and bridges, and a dark-colored jig or lure in stained river water.
Trolling the deep holes with live fresh watershiners always is a good way to go. For fishing at night, slowly troll the river with a rattling crankbait. I prefer to fish the lower tide because it's easier to keep the bait closer to the bottom, where the snook lie. When fishing for snook in rivers, use 12- to 17-pound test line with a 30- to 40-pound mono leader. Some of my favorite rivers are Manatee, Hillsborough, Anclote and the Cottee.
On a recent night trip, Jeff Godsey of Holiday hooked into several snook while trolling. One snook weighed a little more than 20 pounds.
_ Mike Manning charters out of Port Richey. (813) 848-0795.