Many anglers are on the hunt for the ever-elusive slot snook. They are around and in decent numbers. The problem is getting one to eat. They don't make it too long being stupid or making poor eating decisions. Large baits are a plus for tempting the sly adversaries. Snook are ambush predators, so look around points with deep water, deep water mangrove shorelines, docks and seawalls. Current flow is a must; the moving water sweeps baits past the strike zone, where the prestigious ones lay in wait. Redfish also have been cooperating all over the bay. Mullet schools are mixed in with redfish schools. The adage "find the mullet, find the fish" applies here as sending out live pilchards into the schools of mullet should result in a score. Cut bait such as ladyfish and pinfish soaked under a mangrove overhang on a steadily moving tide is a great way to relax between battles. The fish have been on the large side, most over the 27-inch side of the slot. They have also been chewing well on drifted pinfish, the ones that are about the size of small handful. Large trout are also making their presence known. Lots of fish in the slot but the once occasional 20-plus fish is becoming more common as we drift into fall.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.