What's hot: Snook and tarpon schools are beginning to hold along the beach. The swash channels that run parallel to the shore are natural highways for these predators, funneling baitfish as the water flushes through. Wade fisherman will improve their catch ratio by going to knee depth and casting along the beach. This presentation looks natural and works well at first light with white bucktails or hard shad lures.
Tips: With the fry bait schools that look like clouds along the sand, watch for snook to crash through and give away their location. The smallest bait in the livewell will work best. With the full moon passing this weekend, tarpon should school up more. Most fish along the north Suncoast shore will swim toward the passes on incoming tides and are easier to sight cast in clear water along the beach.
Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.