What's hot: Vast schools of small scaled sardines, threadfin herring and pinfish can be found off the beaches and on the grass flats surrounding barrier island passes. These baitfish can be used to chum game fish into feeding mode, including mangrove snapper. The stronger tides surrounding the new moon will have mangrove snapper feeding aggressively around structure.
Tactics: The best time to target mangrove snapper is evening and throughout the night. Fill the livewell with small baitfish. Anchor the boat up current of the structure and toss in a few handfuls of chum. A mixture of live and dead "chummers" will get the snapper to feed. Hang a frozen chum block over the side to add another element. The average size of these inshore snapper range from 1-3 pounds, with the occasional 5-pounder mixed in.
Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 385-0382.