Fat Snook!

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Snook, Fat
Size: 
Probably around 2 pounds, I didn’t measure the fish

I was fishing my local spillway spot in hopes of some snook or jack when suddenly my bobber with a live bluegill shot down! As I fought the fish it made tremendous leaps out of the water. After I pulled the fish up I took photos and identified it as a fat snook! Which was a new species! Definitely a peculiar species of snook.

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Kenman's picture

Wow! Nice snook!

Kenman

Alex 05's picture

Thanks! Though your common snook was a much more impressive catch.

Alex 05

Graceclaw's picture

Do you have a picture showing the space between the two dorsal fins? That seems to be the most distinguishing feature of Fat v Common, though I agree this one's overall body shape and mouth size seem a bit "off" regardless.  

Alex 05's picture

I don’t have a pic of the dorsal fin, but it’s definitely not a common since the anal fin is too long. Commons also have a much slender body than this. Though I do have a picture of a common that my friend caught from this location that shows how different these two snook look.

Alex 05

Graceclaw's picture

Yeah, it definitely looks different. Neat catch! I didn't even know there were other species of Snook til you posted this, so thanks for sharing and prompting me to investigate the differences myself!

the pyromaniac's picture

@Graceclaw, there's about half a dozen in US waters.  Common, fat, swordspine, tarpon, & black in the Atlantic, and then there's a Pacific snook species that occasionally shows up in Cali & Hawai'i.

 

 

 

 

Let there be fire!

Kenman's picture

Actually there is a sixth one in the Atlantic called the Guianan snook aka largescale fat snook (C. Mexicanus)

Kenman