Snook fishing has been very good lately on the north Pinellas coast. A higher number of snook than in the past few summers seems to be congregating in the passes and along the rocks. Snook are eating a variety of baits, including threadfin, sardines, pigfish (grunts) and pinfish. Snook tend to gather in areas that hold lots of small glass minnows. They often will explode into the clouds of small baits, showing a willingness to eat. A larger offering, such as a greenback or a pinfish, can get hit quickly by a hungry snook when cast near a boil. Snook are approaching spawn season, so many times the males are likely to outnumber the larger females. They all become harder to hook once the height of spawn season arrives. Trout have been staging in the same areas as snook for those looking to take fish to eat with snook season closed. Also, grass flats near the passes with moving water have attracted trout of all sizes. Flounder are also hitting occasionally, especially if a small split shot is added to pin baits to the bottom in sandy areas near structures. Higher tides have produced best for redfish, though redfish have slowed a bit in the summer heat. The early morning bite has been best for reds.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and captbrian.com.