While fishing the flat sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico anglers opt for a fly rod in hand, the insatiable feel of coming tight on a variety of different flats species always showcase’s the difficultly of the catch on light tackle and illuminates the challenge and glory behind successfully landing the fish! A mere personal trophy has always been catching a big fish on fly. The beautiful thing about the flyrod is it can be thrown both inshore and offshore.
For me snook tend to be the most popular fish on the beach during the spring and summer months. As they sunbath & stalk smaller bait fish in the shallows, and move through passes and on sandbars. I can visually locate snook beneath the water as I wade down the Sandbar. Watching them slowly move up the sandbars as they hug the bottom snapping at smaller bait fish balls in the shallows. These snook tend to be very wary, so once your spot one I recommend backing off and letting it swim up the sandbar unpressured. Once the snook feels comfortable again the angler can begin to start making the cast with the fly rod. Anglers can anticipate the bite as they watch the fly line layout in front of them. Placing the fly a few feet in front of the snook, and popping it past its face. Typically the snook turn and follow the fly, they watch it move a couple times throughout the water column, they watch as it falls in front of them & follow the fly as it glides through the water column.
Often times the snook will follow an anglers fly right to their toes, then turn away. Because let’s face it the snook are big and smart. And angler will most likely get a bite on the second strip of the fly. A pure reaction bite is just enough to fire them up for an eat! An aggressive strike follows as the angler strips down and sets the hook. Once the snook feels the pressure he darts off across the sandy bottom like a rocket. The fight begins, an angler wary of clearing the line still has not completed the task the angler must land the fish in order for a proper catch. By grabbing the leader or netting the fish it is considered an official catch. Once the fish has been tamed/lassoed by the angler, it is now an official catch ready for a picture!