What's hot: With snook season having opened Sunday, all eyes are on elusive keeper-sized fish. Through the next month most linesiders will move toward the backcountry for the winter. Docks that lead to bayous or rivers are best in fall. Heavier leader, such as 40-pound, will be needed to pull fish away from structure. Place a No. 4 splitshot about two feet up the line; the offering will stay in the strike zone longer and help keep it from swimming around dock pilings. Snook is great when prepared properly. The most important part is to remove all of the skin off the fillet.
Tips: With tides getting lower around the moons the next month, look for redfish to tail on edges of flats as the tide drops out. Sightfish with a tail-hooked shrimp to present the best offering in shallow water. To stimulate reds even more, snip off the end of the shrimp tail. Work sandy pockets leading to the flats, as this becomes a staging area before the tide floods back in. Often on a tide change, mullet schools will roam out off of the shallows and use the 3- to 4-foot depths to hold in. Redfish will feed among these schooling fish and will jump on gold spoons with white bucktail trailers.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.