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Captains corner: Live chum sets up strong snook bite

What's hot: The first two weeks of December has produced amazing snook fishing for the first time since the freeze a few years ago. Loading the livewell with scaled sardines is a must when targeting snook. Area bridges are a good place to start. Pelicans diving around the pilings signal that bait is there. The strongest part of the outgoing tide has produced the most strikes. When I get to my spot, I start throwing live chum. Once I see a surface strike, I chum heavily and try to get the fish in a feeding frenzy. I have caught more snook these past few weeks than I have in the last three years combined. When the snook stop biting, I move to the sand holes and fish for trout.

Tide strategy: The tide level has played an important part in everyday fishing this fall. A strong falling to low tide has been the better option in recent weeks. Trout, redfish and flounder fall into sand holes on the grass flats when the water level starts to get too low to swim in. These sand holes are typically 3 to 5 feet deeper than the surrounding area. Sand holes can be located by idling down the edge of a grass flat on low tide and looking for mullet jumping inside the low tide area. If there are mullet jumping, then it is deep enough for trout and redfish to be stuck in there also.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

Captains corner: Live chum sets up strong snook bite 12/13/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:56pm]
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