- Snook are an aggressive predatory fish that can be found in shallow patches of seagrass, weed & sandy areas of reefs to depths of 30 m (98 ft).
- They are ambush hunters but also actively chase its prey, which includes smaller reef & baitfish, crustaceans & bloodworms.
- Snook are a migratory species preferring cooler inshore waters. They can be found in large shoals patrolling coastal waters.
- Estimates on lifespan are up to 20 years, maturing around 2 years of age.
- They are a popular sports fish amongst anglers on light tackle.
- The main predators of Snook include sharks, tuna, large groper and larger predatory fish.
Recreational & Commercial Fishing
Snook are a popular sports fish known for their aggressiveness and strong fight. They are commonly found around inshore seagrass & weed beds often near reefs patrolling for prey. They can be found in large schools or hunting in smaller packs. Often spotted by recreational snorkelers & scuba divers.
The Australian distribution for Snook includes waters from southern Western Australia around South Australia & Victoria and up through New South Wales into southern parts of Queensland.
Species: Sphyraena novaehollandiae
Snook are not evaluated on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) site. However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.
Fish Taste Quality
Snook are a highly rated sports and eating fish. They have a soft white flesh popular in many types of dishes.
Taste Rating: 4/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig
Bait: Anchovy, Herring, Lures, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Soft plastics, Live minnow
Technique: Slowly sink bait towards bottom, Cast bait/jig/lure near schooling fish, Trolling, Cast lures with a fast retrieve