What's hot: The snook run is moving south from upper Tampa Bay to the bridges close to the beach. The best spots are the docks on the west side of the bay and the spoil islands close to the beach. During low tides, fish the potholes on the outside of the docks. When the tide is high, fish under the docks. You can use light tackle, 15-pound line and 30-pound leader, during low tide. During higher tides, use 30-pound line and 40-pound leader to keep the snook out of the pilings. The top bait has been threadfins. They are large but slow enough for snook to catch. The best action is when the tide is moving.
What else: Redfish still are schooling around the spoil islands and oyster bars in lower Tampa Bay. Most spots are seeing heavy boat traffic, which has spooked them. Try to approach the area with the wind at your back. This lets you move into the area without making too much noise.
Tips: When targeting snook near the beach, give each spot 15 minutes. During the spring migration, fish you found the day before will have moved. During most of my trips, we find fish at half of the stops that held them the day before.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.