Centropomidae - snooks

Snooks are pike-like fishes with a concave head profile and a lower protruding jaw. They inhabit mostly brackish waters but may wander into freshwater at times. There are two species common in Texas with a couple of transient species. Distinguishing between them is difficult, especially the juveniles. They are extremely sensitive to cold and may disappear off the coast for a while after an extremely cold winter. In some areas, especially Florida and Central and South America, they are highly prized as a game and food fishes.