Where can you catch snook? Most anglers would say Florida. Some also would mention that the Caribbean side of Central America provides good fishing for these hard-fighting gamefish. I’ve caught them in Belize and Costa Rica, as well as along the Gulf coast of Florida, from Crystal River south.
But the biggest snook swim the Pacific side of Central America, something that not many know.
The IGFA all-tackle record Atlantic snook weighed 53 pounds, 10 ounces, and was taken on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.
But this past spring on the Pacific side of that same country, Ward Michaels caught a snook that weighed nearly six pounds more. Just recently, the IGFA has certified the 59-pound, 8-ounce Pacific snook as an all-tackle record. That’s the heaviest snook ever certified.
The previous all-tackle record weighed 57 pound, 12 ounces, and also was the Pacific species.
Six snook species live in the Pacific Ocean, with the Pacific black the largest. Another six live in the Atlantic Ocean, with the common, or Atlantic, snook being the species most often caught.
To read more about those big Pacific snook, check out this article at Florida Today.