What's hot: Winter lurks as overnight temperatures and water temperatures fall. Snook in the backcountry shallows offer a great opportunity inshore. Snook of all sizes are working into the creeks, rivers and canals around Tampa Bay to fatten up for the months of diminishing daylight.
Techniques: Medium-heavy tackle is more appropriate in these confined areas vs. open-water areas. Thirty-pound fluorocarbon leader works well, and braided lines are superior to monofilament. A live bait will get eaten, but a lure among actively feeding fish has a high strike ratio. For smaller snook, use a smaller lure or bait. To tempt a large snook, opt for a 5- to 7-inch lure or bait. Alertness is critical. Visual and audible clues alert conscientious anglers to where fish are actively feeding. Baitfish boiled up to the surface indicates predators below. Against mangrove shorelines, violent explosions on the surface indicate snook are attacking baitfish. Get in position to land long casts into an area with these cues to feeding fish.
Tip: During the slowest part of the tides, concentrate on narrow bottleneck areas with maximum current flow to find feeding snook.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at (727) 692-6345 or adventurekayakfishing.com.