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Captain’s Corner: Warm weather has hungry snook leaving safe havens

Tyson Wallerstein, Times Correspondent
Published: February 25, 2018 Updated: February 26, 2018 at 05:13 PM

Summer-like temperatures have encouraged snook to leave the safe haven of their wintering haunts for surrounding grass flats and their mangrove shorelines. The snook are looking to bulk up after an extremely cold January and at the right time and tide have fed recklessly. Target shorelines close to the many small creek mouths that can found from Pinellas Point all the way north past the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Fish the mouth of the creeks during the higher tides. Trout are still holding strong around spoil islands in northern part of the county as well as rock jetties. This week’s stronger tides should have the trout feeding. Target the incoming tide with free-lined live baits including shrimp, whitebait and/or small pinfish. Tripletail are showing up in our area. Scan crab trap floats inshore and along the beach to find them. Live shrimp or a small whitebait under a float usually draws a strike. Live sardines, a.k.a whitebait, can be found from the Skyway north throughout Old Tampa Bay. Cast netting around bridge pilings has been consistent. Also watch for high-diving pelicans out away from the bridges as bait has been holding in deeper water at times.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at flatsmonster.com.