What's hot: August can be a tricky month for consistent catches. Hot water, hot air and unpredictable thunderstorms contribute to the difficulty. With some extra patience, and slightly different tactics, plenty of fish can be caught. Area bridges, docks with good water flow and bottom features such as rock piles or artificial reefs are ideal snapper hangouts.
Tips: Snapper have keen eyesight and can be surprisingly clever. Use of the lightest leader material that conditions allow is advised. After a few are caught, they tend to wise up. And snapper are called snapper for a reason; their fangs would put Dracula to shame. They are one of the angriest fish in our waters, especially after capture.
Tackle: Medium spinning equipment is typically adequate. Heavier tackle is advised if seeking larger ones or the occasional grouper that share the same home. Small stout hooks will enable more strikes. Bringing extra bait is always a good idea. Small whitebait or live shrimp will usually do the trick.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531, snookfish.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.