What's hot: Snook fishing remains consistent early in the morning and late in the evening. Using pinfish and whitebait during the outgoing tide has produced several big snook. The water is warm, so take care when handling and reviving these big breeders. To fill out the day, target a variety of species around deeper grass flats and rocky bottom. This is a great way to introduce kids to fishing; the action is steady, and they see many species of fish.
Tactics: Anchor on spotty grass and sand bottom in 6 to 8 feet of water and set a chum line. Hang a chum block over the side and periodically toss live and dead bait into the mix to draw in many species ranging from trout, ladyfish and redfish to mackerel, cobia, sharks and grouper. The most productive areas will have plenty of moving water flowing through deeper flats adjacent to shallower flats.
More options: Deeper waters between the barrier islands and the mainland are littered with small wrecks and hard bottom. These areas can be located while idling along and watching the bottom machine. Another way to find productive areas in deeper water is to drift fish. If a fish is hooked, toss a marker buoy in and concentrate on that spot. If more fish are caught in that area, you are likely over some kind of structure.
Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 385-0382.