Tarpon Snook Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: only snook with 7 anal fin rays (others have
6); lower jaw curves upward; compressed body;
prominent black lateral line extends through tail; tips
of pelvic fins reach beyond anus.
Similar fish: other Centropomus.
Where found: INSHORE in south Florida;
frequently in fresh water.
Size: usually less than 1 pound (12 inches).
Remarks: maximum size 16 to 18 inches; feeds on small fish and larger crustaceans; young are
nurtured along mangrove shorelines; rare on Florida’s west coast.