What's hot: Snook fishing this week provided some of the best action I have seen. Normally, it's hard to get snook to bite, but they have come out of their winter holes and are willing to eat. Fill the live well with scaled sardines. I like to have as many baits as possible. If I don't get a strike after a few casts, I try something new, always using fresh bait. I like to use a size 1/0 hook. This allows bait to swim naturally. A hook that is too big will cause the bait to sink to the bottom. Snook have sandpaper-like teeth, so a 30-pound camouflage leader is a must.
Tips: Massive schools of redfish are on the flats around Tierre Verde. I throw some live bait chummers. If a fish explodes on the bait, then I chum more aggressively.
Great catch: I had one of my best snook trips Friday with Steve Raymund. He landed four snook, from 28 to 34 inches. So what's so great about that? He caught them using an 8-weight fly rod, casting a white fly imitating a scaled sardine. We also landed four more on spinning gear.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at captainrobgorta.com or (727) 647-7606.