The first lure to consider for snook are Topwater lures, also called Floaters. The best time to use them is in the spring or summer, but they work all year. They work best when the wind’s hardly blowing or not blowing at all. They need to be seen to work, and very rough conditions make them invisible to you and the fish.
Snook are so-called ‘Superior Fish‘, which means they’re built to look sideways and up. They look down, and they eat baits from the bottom, but the fact that their lower jaw is longer than – and extends past – their upper jaw means they look up more than then look down. A lure that floats at the top of the water column will attract their attention when times are right and conditions are calm or at least not windy.
From: The Online Fisherman
Here are the best lures for snook by depth category:
- Shallow Depth (under 2 ft. of water) – Topwater plugs, soft plastic jerk baits, and hard plastic suspending twitch baits
- Mid Depth (2 ft. to 5 ft.) – Jigs, bucktails, swim baits, and small lipped crankbaits
- Deep (5 ft.+) – Heavier jigs/bucktails, swim baits, and large lipped crankbaits
From: Salt Strong
Even though spinning and baitcasting tackle are the most used, light saltwater boat rods get plenty of action, particularly when live-baiting in passes and inlets. Even heavier gear often gets the call for fishing from piers and bridges. Surf tackle can be useful at times, although surf Snook is usually close to the beach, in easy range of casting gear. Fly fishermen take their Snook on large streamers and poppers, for the most part, while hard-lure casters rely heavily on mirror plugs, bucktail, and plastic jigs, jerk plugs, spoons, and topwater plugs. – Florida Sportsman
The best lures for bridge and inlet fishing are flair hawk styled jigs. The flair hawk styled jig is the undisputed champion of bridge and inlet fishing. This jig style features a bump in the mold right before the hook exits the lead. This makes the nylon material flair outwards increasing the perceived thickness of the lure. A snub-nosed head is also a feature of this quintessential snook jig.
The best way to fish this jig is slowly. I like to cast up current and bounce it back to me about as quickly and the current is flowing. There is no need for a speedy retrieve with this lure. I think that you will only need 3 different colors of the jig.
They are; white, pink and chartreuse. White seems to work best in clear water and the other two in murky water. You probably only need 3 sizes of the jig and they are 1 oz., 1 1/2 oz. and 2 oz. You might want to have a 3 oz. if you are somewhere with a ridiculously fast and strong current but 90% of the time 1 to 2 oz. is all that you need.
From: Fish your ass off.com