The recent full moon has finally sent the bait to the flats, although if you prefer the markers, theyíre still there, too. It seems we are finally in full-on spring mode. Trout have been sporadic at best, but when a group is located, they are cooperative. Larger trout have been mingling with snook around oyster bars. The trout and snook are all about 22-27 inches. Snook have been the mainstay this past week and have fed well during the incoming tides. The unstable weather patterns seem to have little effect on the fish, unless we have high pressure. That shuts them down a bit. Breeder-size snook have been caught and released this week, as well as slot fish. With the upcoming spawn, harvesting a fish means less for the future. The effects of the closure have been phenomenal as the snook fishery continues to thrive.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]