In the past 10 days spring has sprung. The bait has moved off markers and onto the flats in many areas. Often it only takes a couple of throws of the net to black out the well. Bait is moving so don't be afraid to do the same, the reward is huge if the well is full. Snook are near mangrove edges with good water flow, in or out. Late afternoon seems to be the time for a strong snook bite. Once you find an area, chum heavily to get the fish going. After they are in a frenzy it only takes a couple to keep them interested. Over-chumming can slow the bite for baits deployed with a circle hook. I prefer a 7-foot-6 or an 8-foot rod, medium action, with a 40 series reel spooled with 15-pound braid in yellow. Yellow line is easy to see and acts as a strike indicator. I usually start with 20-pound leader and only go up if there are breakoffs. For the hook I use a No. 1 or a 1/0 depending on the bait size. Harvest responsibly to ensure the health of the species and for the future of our snook stocks.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.