The hot bite has been on the incoming tide. Snook and redfish have pushed out into the holes on the flats. They begin feeding as the tide starts moving inward. Chumming with live pilchards will get the fish feeding. Once set up on a hole, dump live sardines out, making sure to scatter them all around and in the hole. This can be done with a sidearm motion. Once ignited, it only takes a half-dozen or so to keep them interested. On the low water start further off the trees and ease in as the tide rises. Many of the snook we've been catching have been males. A 40 series reel, spooled with 15-pound braid tied to a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader attached to a No. 1 circle hook is used to tame these fish and give a high hook-up ratio. If there are lots of break-offs, up the leader in 5-pound increments.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.