Swordspine Snook Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: smallest of the snooks; profile slightly
concave; prominent lateral line outlined in black (not
solid), extends through caudal fin; color yellowgreen
to brown-green above, silvery below; giant
second anal spine, hence the name; largest scales
of all snook.
Similar fish: other Centropomus.
Where found: occurs in INSHORE estuarine habitats
from south Florida as far north on east coast as St. Lucie River.
Size: usually less than 1 pound (12 inches).
Remarks: full-grown adults are less than 12 inches long; mangrove shoreline habitats serve as nursery areas for young;
rare on Florida’s west coast; prefers only slightly brackish or fresh water.