The common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) is a species of marine fish in the family Centropomidae of the order Perciformes. This species is native to the coastal waters of the western Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, from southern Florida and Texas to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Common snook are protandric hermaphrodites, changing from male to female after maturation. This transition is identified by the presence of both male and female sex cells in the gonads and takes place when they grow to between 9.4-24 inches (24.0-82.4 cm) fork length which corresponds to 1-7 years of age. A study conducted in 2000, indicated that the sex ratios for common snook ages 0 – 2 are significantly skewed between the east and west coasts of Florida (USA) due to protrandry and differences in growth and mortality rates. The majority of small common snook are male and most large snook are female. Males reach sexual maturity during their first year at 5.9-7.9 inches (15.0-20.0 cm) fork length. Research shows that female gonads mature directly from the mature male gonads shortly after spawning. The probability that a common snook of a particular size will be a female increases with length or age.

One of the largest snooks, Centropomus undecimalis, grows to a maximum overall length of 140 centimetres (4.6 ft) and a maximum recorded weight of 24 kilograms (53 lb; 3.8 st). Of typical centropomid form, it possesses drab coloration except for a distinctive black lateral line. It can also possess bright yellow pelvic and caudal fins, especially during spawn.

Belize River Lodge

Belize

Belize River Lodge is nestled into the rain forest just outside Belize City. It is the easiest Belizean lodge to get to, with nearly limitless flats, mangrove shorelines, and jungle rivers just a ten minute boatride away. Adult (100+ pound) tarpon are...
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Casa Blanca Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

Casa Blanca and its sister lodge Playa Blanca are the Caribbean`s premier fly-fishing lodges. Located on the private island of Punta Pájaros, Casa and Playa Blanca feature the closest access of any area lodge to the famed flats of both Ascension and...
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Copal Tree Lodge

Belize

This deluxe jungle lodge represents the finest accommodations of any of southern Belize's hard-core permit destinations, and has some of the best facilities for non-anglers and eco-tourists as well. The southern region of Belize around the sleepy town of Punta Gorda remains relatively un-impacted by tourism.
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El Pescador Lodge

Belize

El Pescador is the perfect destination for both serious anglers and those looking to enjoy a combination of fishing, relaxing, and eco-touring. The lodge boasts year-round action for resident tarpon, bonefish patrol the mangrove lined shores and...
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Espiritu Santo Bay Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

ESB Lodge will finally allow saltwater anglers quick and easy access to the last frontier of Caribbean flats fishing – Espiritu Santo Bay. This fishery can provide fantastic action for all four of the Caribbean's famous flats species – permit, tarpon,...
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Isla Blanca

Mexican Yucatan

Isla Blanca is positioned in an area that is world famous for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and other saltwater species. The flat's "grand slam" of bonefish, tarpon and permit is fairly common in this part of the world, and Isla Blanca offers a great...
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Palometa Club

Mexican Yucatan

About a 3 hour drive south of Cancun, on the oceanside beach of the little fishing village of Punta Allen sits the Palometa Club. Its location is perfect for searching Ascension Bay for the fish it is famous for; Bonefish, Tarpon and the lodge's namesake...
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Pesca Maya Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

There are few areas of the world where there are as many square miles of shallow water flats as there are in the Mexican Yucatan. And right in the middle of it is Pesca Maya Lodge. It has been there for 25 years, with a view of the Palancar reef, which is...
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Playa Blanca Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

Playa Blanca is a beautiful full service resort located on a secluded white sand beach with several guest bungalows and a central lodge for meals, meetings and cocktail hours. Playa Blanca is located 10 miles south of Casa Blanca (its sister...
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