What's hot: Mangrove snapper fishing has been very good recently inside the bay. Scattered rock piles and high-relief edges of the shipping channel have been holding fish. Fast-moving tides can make bottom fishing along the channel difficult, so target periods of slower water movement at the beginning and end of the tide.
Bait choice: Live shrimp have produced consistent catches. Pinching off the last section of the tail puts more scent in the water and helps draw the snapper in. Threading the hook inside the shrimp's tail hides the hook from the snapper's keen eyesight, resulting in more bites.
Rigging: Knocker rigs are simple and work well for snapper. Make your rig up by allowing an egg sinker to slide on the leader and rest directly on the eye of the hook. Use as little weight as possible to reach the bottom and a size 1 or 1/0 circle hook.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (727) 510-1009.