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Old Thursday, March 6th, 2008, 08:16 PM
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Having been skunked a few years in a row now I have no choice but to plead my case to the locals and those who know. Where are all the Snook being caught on the Island?. I have always been a catch and release fisherman and need to catch some of them Aruban Snook. I am of course talking about fishing from shore with light tackle. Any info is appreciated.
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Old Tuesday, April 8th, 2008, 05:29 PM
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Having been skunked a few years in a row now I have no choice but to plead my case to the locals and those who know. Where are all the Snook being caught on the Island?. I have always been a catch and release fisherman and need to catch some of them Aruban Snook. I am of course talking about fishing from shore with light tackle. Any info is appreciated.
Hi Sully56,
I am heading to Aruba, next Mon. for 6 months. I am a native from the Island but live in Pittsburgh for 12 yrs."GO STEELERS" lol, my hubby is from Pitt. if you were wondering what the heck am I doing in Pitt. I get that alot...lol. I am going to be hunting for those snooks myself did alot of research on them asfar as their habitats and what types of baits and lures you can use. You can catch them on the beaches from the Hi rise hotels early mornings and late evenings when there are no swimmers and boaters, those are about the only times you could fish realy on them beaches. They move into deeper water when its too hot just like most fish species that feeds near shore. So the best time for fishing is early mornings or late evenings when they come out from the deeper water to the shore anyways. Snooks go on a feeding frenzie during tidal formations like to be near shorelines where waves breaks feeding on little fish that are not strong to swim these crashing waves. Because of their vulnarability in these conditions its an easy meal for any big fish like snook. The Eagle Beach is a great location in catching snook.When are you heading to Aruba? Maybe we could meet up in Aruba and do some shorefishing, I am planning on doing alot of that can not wait. There are lots of shore fishing areas, check out Google Earth and map out Aruba you can see some fishable shore lines past the airport going towards Baby Beach. By the Spanish Lagoen snook and tarpons were caught there too. There are some inlets on the North Shore I would like to try out also lots of potential in catching fish there too. I hope I was able to help you out with some of these info. Keep me posted. In the mean time "tight lines"....

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Old Thursday, April 10th, 2008, 06:53 PM
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I tried my luck for snook off of Eagle Beach but got skunked. It might be because I was too busy enjoying the sunrise...

I've caught many many snook in the spanish lagoon inlet, as well as tarpon and more barracudas than I can count. As Lulu said, look on Google Earth and you'll see the darker water. If you think about where they're caught here in Florida, it's typically the murkier backcountry waters - just like the Spanish Lagoon area.

I'm also 100% catch and release, and if you go there I recommend filing down any barbs on your hooks so they survive and grow bigger (for me to catch again!). Small topwaters and white spinners work like a champ.

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I tried my luck for snook off of Eagle Beach but got skunked. It might be because I was too busy enjoying the sunrise...

I've caught many many snook in the spanish lagoon inlet, as well as tarpon and more barracudas than I can count. As Lulu said, look on Google Earth and you'll see the darker water. If you think about where they're caught here in Florida, it's typically the murkier backcountry waters - just like the Spanish Lagoon area.

I'm also 100% catch and release, and if you go there I recommend filing down any barbs on your hooks so they survive and grow bigger (for me to catch again!). Small topwaters and white spinners work like a champ.

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Spoken like a true angler.
A a Bass tournament fisherman here in Missouri, catch and release is a must. Filing barbs proves that the species will survive to be caught again...
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Old Friday, April 11th, 2008, 11:31 AM
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I tried my luck for snook off of Eagle Beach but got skunked. It might be because I was too busy enjoying the sunrise...

I've caught many many snook in the spanish lagoon inlet, as well as tarpon and more barracudas than I can count. As Lulu said, look on Google Earth and you'll see the darker water. If you think about where they're caught here in Florida, it's typically the murkier backcountry waters - just like the Spanish Lagoon area.

I'm also 100% catch and release, and if you go there I recommend filing down any barbs on your hooks so they survive and grow bigger (for me to catch again!). Small topwaters and white spinners work like a champ.

Good luck!
Hi Kevin, I could not agree with you more I am also 100% catch & release. I'm sure as you know cirkle hooks is also another option which is becomming popular for those who practice catch & release and should be practiced by anybody who is into the sport of fishing.
I'm sorry you did not have any luck at the Eagle Beach. I have not caught any myself there I did not spend alot of time there and concentrated on snook fishing, but there are pics. and stories that I have read that Snooks were caught from that stretch of beach from the Eagle Beach all the way to the Lo Rise hotels towards the Bushiri they are not in abundance but they are there.
Its great to hear it was good fishing at the Spanish Lagoen. Like you said its a perfect location for snook, tarpons and cudas that are lurking around. Are you planning another trip back to Aruba? I will be keeping every body posted of my shore fishing experiences on the Island.

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I'm not too familiar with fishing in Aruba, but my son is interested in giving it a go. What should I bring along?
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I'm not too familiar with fishing in Aruba, but my son is interested in giving it a go. What should I bring along?
Hi layla17,
Well you could bring a 7' spinning gear would be good for shore fishing with 8 or 10 lbs. test line. AS far as lures you can bring along a few bucktails white, jigs, spoons, I know what you are going to say "what the heck are those", you can go to your nearest tackle store I'm sure they are able to show you some of the lures that I have mentioned above. Know there is a gazilion of each of them lures, but you want them mostly in white colors and or flashy silver colors. The other option is just bring your rod and in grocery stores around the Island you can buy a box of squid for bait. I have rods and tacke available if you don't feel like carying fishing rods while traveling. I have just arrived past Monday I'm happy to be back I'm a native live in Pittsburgh for 12 yrs. and will be here for six months. When are you planning your trip to Aruba? If you are interested in doing some shore fishing with your son me, send me an email at zaandam99@hotmail.com before heading to Aruba and will give more info. in how to contact me here in Aruba. Thanks for your post if you have any more Q. feel free in sending me another post or an email. Talk to you than.

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Agree, any white or silver spinners and jigs are productive. My favorite style of fishing is surface/topwater, and so my first few trips all I ever brought was poppers/spooks. It was only on my last trip that I went below the surface with spinners, and found all those snook.

Depending on what you're targeting, you may also want to bring some steel leaders for those hungry cudas. I've donated a LOT of tackle because I was too stubborn/overconfident/lazy to use leaders. Not any more.

I hope to get back to Aruba again soon, but still not sure if my job will allow me to get away. Such is the price one pays for chasing a dream...
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