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kenzie

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RickZ,  Go for greatness...this is one of the best father-son experiences ever.  Your son will have fun catching  snook and catching more than you.  If they win, you win, a "two-for" for you.  I have been doing this with my sons and son in laws for decades and they will spend all day fishing to beat my catch...and they usually do.  Great Sport!
 
PS don't forget your daughters and daughters in law the opportunity to catch a snook...that experience I'm told is second only to one other.  Catching a Tarpon?
 
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DonFromSLC

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I agree with Kenzie! Fishing is clearly one of the best father-son experiences ever!  I have very fond memories of fishing with my dad many times over the years and although I don't have any children myself, I have had the best time in the world fishing with nieces and nephews and now, great-nephews (see attached pictures) all around South Seas for over 20 years now!


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DonFromSLC

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Of course, there is always snook at night off of the tee dock and then fly casting for snook off the beach!


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RickZ

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Yep........I agree......time very well spent, that spent fishing with a son or a daughter! We have wet a line many times together at the resort, and back here in MN too, but on SS we usually just land the Sheepsheads, and the thoughts of grabbing a snook or two after reading some of your fishing suggestions, gives me hope!! REALLY looking forward to trying your ideas for rigging, and baits folks! Will let ya all know how we fare.....we'll have 10 days to work at it! Might even report in "live" if the new resorts wireless system is up and running smoothly.
 
Thanks for posting the pics too! Nothing like seeing a kid, small or big (Don) beaming with a catch!

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kenzie

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This post has nothing to do with catching snook but everything to do with fishing for snook or other game fish and always enjoying the experience.  Like every sport, fishing has its own code of ethics.  It is the obligation of every adult and their children fishing with them to understand this code.  It will benefit them and enhance their fishing experience.
 
To my knowledge, none of the rules are written down and I don't pretend to know all the rules but together maybe we can start the fisherman's code of ethics but, not in any particular order of importance.
 
1.  When addressing your preferred spot and observe someone else fishing there, before casting a line ask the person there first if they mind your fishing with him/her.  I have never had a negative response to that question.  Then, make sure you honor their right to the water they are fishing.  You can fish with them, but keep a respectable distance and never cross that person's line.
 
2.  When a person fishing with you (friend or stranger) hooks up, quickly reel in and permit that person all the water to play and catch his fish.  If you or he has a net, offer to net the fish if he wishes.  When netting, remember always net the catch head first. 
 
Who's next?
 
 
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kenzie

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OK, I'll do Ethics rule 3.
 
When finished fishing for the day, do not dump your remaining bait in the Gulf.  Always offer your fellow fisherman the opportunity to use your unused bait if they want to continue fishing.  You will forever benefit from this ethic and make friends, and it will cost you nothing.
 
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kenzie

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If you catch a legal snapper, sea trout or snook and don't want to take the fish for dinner offer it to your fishing friends.  More often than not they will decline the offer..."didn't catch it, don't wont it". 

I have taken a friend's unwanted snook, snapper or trout as a promised dinner specialty for my family when unable to personally make the catch.  Its a great tradition among fisherman and a long kept secret.  What happens on the beach stays on the beach.

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reebop

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This one is especially important at SSIR. Respect the rights of those not fishing to enjoy the beach, the view, and to have equal access. Attempt to keep your gear contained and off the benches (I find myself unintentionally breaking this one). If a couple is sitting enjoying the view, don't ruin it by positioning your rear end in soaking swim trunks directly in front of them . . . and, when fishing with stationary poles in the sand on the beach (I try this every year and have never caught a thing), minimize the distance between waters edge and your pole. No need to decapitate joggers.
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kenzie

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6.  When a fellow fisherman loses his shrimp, pin fish or shiner and must return to the beach to get more bait from his bucket, it is unseemly if not unethical to quickly jump into that fishing spot because it has been temporarily vacated.  The same is true if he has returned to the beach to remove the hook from his catch.
 
Conversely, if the fisherman leaves his spot because of a broken line, reel, or back-lashed line and the problem will obviously take time to repair, there is nothing wrong with saying, "Do you mind if I fish in your spot until your repairs are made?"
 
If you leave the water for a beer or coke break, however, you have lost the ethical ownership of that spot and should honor some other fisherman's right to it. 
 
Tip:  To avoid the "beer break problem," have a tee shirt pocket to hold your beer while casting or reeling in your snook.  People will talk, but you will protect your spot.  You can have your beer and your snook, too!
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kenzie

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7. If I am having a real snook hot streak, eg. three snook in a row in a matter of minutes while fishing on the south side of the point and the poor SOB on the north side of the rocks has caught nothing or only a sheepshead, it is a very sportsman-like act to ask that person to fish with you on the south side of the rocks.  You will make a friend and feel good about doing it.

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kenzie

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8.  If the fisherman in Rule 2 above catches a world class fish and has his camera there, offer to take a picture of him with his catch.  That favor will be returned when you meet your notable snook.
 
If he does not have a camera but you do, ask him to take a picture of you holding his fish...great for the family scrap book but slightly lacking in moral fiber!
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kenzie

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9. When fishing with a friend and he is hooked-up for 20 minutes or more and making no progress and the fish is just holding, not running or jumping, you have to assume your buddy has a ray on the line.
 
His choices:  1. Fight to the end,  2. Cut and run,  3. Hand the rod and reel off  to you.
 
1. Is stupid.  3. Is even more stupid if you take the rod and reel along with the ray.  2.  Vote democratic and cut and run,  you and your friend will never win this fight.  Guaranteed!  Not a political statement. !
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kenzie

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10. When fishing on the sand and a sport fish takes a portion of your bait from the hook, don't throw the remainder of the bait away. The remainder belongs to the egret, heron or pelican nearby.  They will love you for it and they are fun fishing buddies.

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DonFromSLC

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OK Kenzie, here is an ethical question for you.  Referring to Rule #6 above, what if a fellow fisherman moves off of a hot fishing spot to another spot because the spot "has gone cold."  Is it OK for you to take over the spot?  And if so, what if it "turns on" again, do you have to give it up to the first fisherman?  (Assume that there are no prospects for a free beer as a result of the interaction!)  DonFromSLC

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kenzie

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The former "hot spot" is all yours and the guy who left it for greener pastures should honor that.  That the spot renews its former attraction or not makes no difference. It is a much stronger equivalent of the ""beer break" rule.  Rule #6 above.

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