Weather watch: Spring seems to be here, but one or two more nasty fronts are usual in late February and can slam the brakes on early season fish.
What's hot: Snook are moving out of the feeder creeks and other tributaries into Tampa Bay. This has not been a typical season for "linesiders," but things are starting to heat up. Those with live sardines are hammering multiple snook, trout and reds. After winter, most fish are ready to get down to business when it comes to eating, and live bait is a real help. The coveted "scaled sardines" are re-emerging into Tampa Bay. As for species such as snook, they can be deadly.
Tip: Spring can bring drastic weather changes that instantly make a beautiful day on the water a nightmare. A vigilant approach to current and forecasted wind velocities is good when venturing out, especially offshore. Pay attention to weather forecasts.
Preparation: Get your boat, reels and trailer serviced before the spring season. The service shops and techs are getting busy.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit snookfish.com.