We are in the midst of prefrontal conditions, so there should be good fishing today. Bait seems to have moved on the last full moon and judging by the amount of bait fry that has filtered onto the flats, it spawned also. Load up the wells with the small stuff. With enough chum you can create an amazing show of explosions ending in rapid-fire pops as a lone bait scurries away before the final surge of the predator. Thatís the snook bite right now. If a pod is located and the water is moving, its game-on. Snook have been feeding very aggressively the past few days. After the front passes itís time to hit the backwaters. Running a shallow-draft skiff allows access to areas that hold good fish. The fish move into the depressions on the flats and wait out the tide. Ideally, I like to slide into the hole and fish either side of the tide before it bottoms out. For shallower areas, I prefer to toss a shadtail or a gold spoon. The idea is to fish the shadtail the same as you would a spoon. Cast enough times and youíll bring it across a fish, and they will bite out of reaction.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]