What's hot: After Andrea muddied bay area waters, good tidal swings flushed things out and returned them to normal. The fish seemed to be feeding well around the passes, particularly snook, trout and redfish. Bait was thick at the usual haunts. Redfish of 25-35 inches were caught with a fresh-cut ladyfish fished in and around the schools of mullet. The fish were easy to spot before the storm in the clean water. Look for a rush of copper moving among the mullet. Place the cutbaits around the fish, and wait out the bite.
Snook update: Snook are making their way to and just outside the passes. Fish up to 32 inches have been caught, but the big breeder females remain elusive. Occasionally, one will slip up and decide a thick greenback is a quick, easy meal. Trout are ambushing smallish sardines near the passes. The grass patches in 3-6 feet are holding some nice fish.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.