What's hot: Snook are starting to feed in a regular pattern. The best action has been at the start and end of a tidal movement. Target outgoing tides after new and full moons. Fish incoming tides after quarter moons. The best bait is a large threadfin herring free-lined upcurrent of the school. They are bigger and slower than a scaled sardine. This helps keep them in the strike zone longer.
Where: Snook can be found from upper Tampa Bay out to the beaches. They are working their way out of the bay to spawn in the passes. You may find a school on Monday that won't be there Tuesday. Spend time scouting so you'll have more than one spot.
Pompano: There have been large numbers of pompano in the shallow end of the Skyway's north fishing pier. During the incoming tide, they were schooling on the down current side of the pilings between the pier and the new bridge. A small hair jig or a hook wrapped with a painted weight will draw strikes when bounced off the bottom. The best colors have been pink, white and yellow. Drift the area to find the fish, then anchor and fan cast to locate the school. From the pier, walk and drop the jig behind a piling and jig it back with the current.
Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.