A large edible game fish of the Caribbean which is sometimes found in brackish water.
Centropomus undecimalis, family Centropomidae‘The saltwater river harbors prized snook, trout, largemouth bass, redfish, and even tarpon.’
- ‘I also planned to fish the Indian / Banana river and Mosquito lagoon for redfish, snook, sea trout and ladyfish.’
- ‘Yeah, problem was, there literally wasn't anybody to paddle out with, and I could see all the mullet, and the snook, tarpon and sharks feeding on them out there.’
- ‘Redfish, snook, cobia and ladyfish are the main targets at this time of the year and we also took a couple of plaice and ‘sea-trout’.’
- ‘We would spend a few days in Maryland then take a flight down to Titusville on the east coast of Florida where we would fish for snook, redfish, sea trout and perhaps get the chance of catching some cobia.’
- ‘It's a fast growing branch of angling today and I suppose it can be likened to fishing for redfish, snook or tarpon except it's done in freshwater.’
- ‘On slack tide just off the mouth of Florida's Indian River, for example, even live threadfins on 6 feet of fluorocarbon leader sometimes cannot get a snook's attention.’
- ‘Small snook were caught from Freeport's Surfside Jetty.’
- ‘Huge schools of black and silver mullet migrate southwards along the coast in the autumn, almost always within casting distance, accompanied by an army of predators including tarpon, sharks, jacks, barracudas and snook.’
- ‘But once out there, it's not unusual to see spotted rays or even nurse sharks cruising along a 2,000-foot wall, or for anglers to hook bonefish, tarpon, or snook.’
- ‘On calmer mornings, walking the beach and casting diagonally across the surf line can produce a mixed bag of trout, reds, jacks, snook and mackerel.’
- ‘Crucial traits all, when your reel is screeching and a 20-pound snook is towing your skiff into deep water.’
- ‘Perhaps it had just polished off a fat snapper or snook and had no appetite for a couple of scrawny teenagers.’
- ‘She is a serious angler, the holder of a record 49-pound snook, and understands the priorities at Parismina.’
- ‘At least two snook, one of which was within the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's 24-to 28-inch legal slot length, were caught this past summer from the Surfside jetty.’
- ‘Any anchorage with a mangrove shoreline is likely to produce mangrove snapper and, if you are in the Greater Antilles or along the South American coast, snook.’
- ‘Big pods of roosterfish and Jacks, joined by snook from the lagoons where the crocodiles live, all join forces to slay the vast schools of anchovies which gather here at this time.’
- ‘Perhaps they could be made to live on wartime rations tins of snook, dried eggs, carrot pudding until they return to normal size, and are ready to rejoin the rest of us again.’
Late 17th century from Dutch snoek (see snoek).
- cock a snook
1Openly show contempt or a lack of respect for someone or something.
- ‘the title was a deliberate attempt to cock a snook at the establishment’
- ‘he spent a lifetime cocking a snook at the art world’
2Place one's hand so that the thumb touches one's nose and the fingers are spread out, in order to express contempt.
mainly British informal
Late 18th century of unknown origin.