Cool air has filtered down, giving us hopefully the last cold blow for awhile. Recent fronts have shaken things up. But fishing has been good considering the weather. Trout have pushed into their early spring areas, basically where they were five weeks ago. Large sardines (tarpon-sized) scored some fantastic prefrontal trout to 26 inches. If the pattern continues, they should be back before the next front. As a personal preference, all trout more than 20 inches on my boat are released even though one 20-incher per angler is allowed. The snook bite has been slow and steady postfront. Snook have been biting better around the middle of the day, once the water warms. Incoming tide has been the best. Watch the clock and the temperature reading on the screen. About an hour after the tide begins moving, the water that has been in the shallow flats has warmed. When that water makes it to the snookís area, it starts happening. Itís a slow and steady grind, but it has been working.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]