What's hot: Snook fishing has been excellent from the grass flats to the barrier island beaches. The thickest concentrations remain on the beaches and inside the passes. Anclote Key, Three Rooker Bar, Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island have large populations of snook. Schools can be found in most areas with good tidal flow. The ideal times to fish for snook on the beach are early in the morning, just before sunset and at night.
Tactics: For bigger snook, try using a hand-sized pinfish, mullet or threadfin hearing and concentrate on the passes. Look for an area of good moving water that is diverted by a structure such as a point, jetty or bridge piling. The biggest concentrations will be in the eddies formed when the swift current passes around the structure. Cast your bait up current of the area you intend to fish and let it drift naturally with the tide.
Tackle: When fishing the beach, all that is needed is a 10- to 12-pound spinning outfit, a 30-pound leader and a hook to match the size of the bait. If fishing around bridges or dock pilings, it is necessary to beef up your tackle. Use 30- to 50-pound braid on a large spin or conventional outfit, a 40- to 80-pound test leader and a thicker gage hook. If the current is too strong, a little weight can slow down the bait.
Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 385-0382.