The Big Snook

17 Apr

Earl Conrad thought it to be a cruel joke played on him by Errol while in Jamaica. Not true. Errol was telling the truth just like he always did.…

— twinarchers



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  1. David DeWitt

    April 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    In Australia to Cock a Snook means to place your thumb against your nose and fan out your wiggling fingers. A rebellious gesture against authority or another person. Not to be conflated with the term snookered which has several meanings: fooled, thwarted, in a bad position, worn out. There is even a scatological reference we won’t mention because we have readers of all ages!

  2. Gentleman Tim

    April 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Please tell us the full stories, twinarchers – both Earl’s ‘cruel joke’ version, and Errol’s ‘truth according to Flynn’ version!

    btw, I know quite a few people in the St. Pete area, including my lifelong best friend, who have caught many big snook over the years.

    • twinarchers

      April 18, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      From what I remember Errol was always looking for “the big snook” when ever they went out on the water fishing or whatever while Earl was helping Errol with his autobiography MWWW’s. Earl was not familiar with anything like this and later after Errol passed someone told him that there is not any such species. Earl cursed him as just one more gag or joke Errol was putting off on him. I never knew any different either before the internet let us look anything up that we want. Only then did I find out that fish is real.

      • Sergio

        April 18, 2016 at 11:37 pm

        I have fished for Snook most of my life spent in SoFlo – One of the great game fish offered – also a fantastic tasting fish!

        My younger brother used to guide for this specie specifically; he’s a real master when in dealing with it…
        as mentioned I have fished for Snook and have had plenty to eat -one thing to remember when catching this fish, if ever you ever decide to fish for it; do not grab it by the gills, they will slice your hand like a razor; always best to grab his jaw (like a fresh water bass) – has no real teeth
        just little ridges… anyway, great fun – great eating!!!

    • twinarchers

      April 18, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      As for the truth according to Errol, I still have not fully found out about that yet but I will.

  3. timerider

    April 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    To cock a snout in one rendering. It may have originated in the late 1700’s. My grandfather would use it when passing a certain place he disliked.
    As for Snook, I have some experience as does Sergio. 1973 I was in Florida visiting my Cousin and at the hour of 8:30PM we would load up with plenty of OFF repellent and head to the bridges around Matlacha Island. We were young and had a pint of Southern Comfort in our back pockets..LOL!
    There we would find many an older gent wielding a long pole with a 6 foot leader on it and a large noisy lure on the end spinning it around and catching a 3 foot creature they called a Snook! Of course we all had to help these elderly gents pull them in..LOL. Yes very good eating indeed!

  4. Gentleman Tim

    April 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Wow, that is so great you guys have done this – from Ft. Myers to Ft. Lauderdale and beyond. Here’s how it’s done in Jamaica, where Errol got Earl.…

    • Sergio

      April 22, 2016 at 1:28 am

      GT – You see how they catch the bait – we in SoFlo used the same practice when we wanted to catch Snook easer then with a jigs or other lures – the difference is that the seem to be using a small baitfish called “Pilchards”, we used instead “Finger Mullets”, a much better bait fish.
      We would go to intercostal and throw a net for them, once we had our fill, we’d go fishing.

      There is a real hot spot (no fooling) area in FT Lauderdale we called “warm waters” – its in the Port Everglades FPL (Florida Power and light co.) power plant – waters very warm from the plants discharge – you not only get good Snook, but HUGE 100LB+ Tarpons – we’d sneak in with a little boat through a hole in the fence; trying not to get caught from guards, LOL! very fun to say the least. A must for any gamer minded person….

      • Gentleman Tim

        April 22, 2016 at 6:19 pm

        You’ve been to a lot of very cool hot spots, Serge! Seems wherever you go, there’s a great serge of activity!!

        The old FPL Port Plant as been destroyed, but fish remain – snook, tarpon, barracuda, and jack. Manatee, too. Here’s a FTL FP Lhot spot video:…

        The End of Plant Life as you knew it:…

  5. twinarchers

    April 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Some species of snook look better than others.


  6. PW

    January 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Having spent holidays in South Africa (where Errol spent time when he was young), I discovered that ‘snook’ is a type of fish, though it is sometimes used as a description for ‘catch of the day,’ and as such features on many menus. So Flynn just knew something Earl Conrad didn’t, the latter being less well-travelled. It has nothing to do with ‘cocking a snook,’ which is also an English expression.