The snook bite remains strong along the outer edges of the mangrove-lined backcountry. Most males are congregated along the points on the down-tide side. Once chummed into a frenzy it only takes a few freebies to keep the bite going. Small- to medium-sized sardines have been the choice of the feisty ones. The females prefer to hang off the edges and slip in for a bite, but mostly they are just out of reach. As the weather cools the fish will migrate deeper into the backwaters and deep-water canals. The next couple of weeks is the time to get a shot at a trophy snook. Their guard is down as the need to fatten up is highly important in the coming winter months. Large baits such as small ladyfish and a large pinfish or sardine, if presented in the strike zone, should produce. Big trout are in the mix with the snook. It's not uncommon to catch a "gator trout" while snook fishing.
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