What's hot: Snook are starting to cooperate. They are moving out of their winter hideouts looking for food and are moving back toward the flats. A cold front this week might hold back migrating fish for a week or so but after that the fish will be ready to blast just about anything in sight.
Tip: Springtime snook can still be a little finicky and somewhat lethargic until water temperatures rise into the mid 70s. Be patient and fish slowly for best results.
Rules: Snook season opens Saturday and runs through April. They must measure between 28 inches and 33 inches, with the tail pinched closed, to be kept for food. Snook took a really hard hit a few years ago from extreme cold and are just now becoming more plentiful, so keep that in mind before chucking one into the cooler. Many other, more abundant species are equally delicious and much easier to catch this time of year.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531 or visit fishontampabay.com/captains.aspx.