Snook bite remains strong in the upper reaches of the bay. Whitebait is still on the flats and easy most anytime. Area creeks and rivers are starting to load up with the juvenile snook, redfish and trout. They provide lots of action and are fun to catch on light tackle. Don't be too quick to leave when the small fish are around since the big females are mixed in among the juveniles and seem to strike at the most unpredictable times. Flounder have been starting to emerge on the sandy-bottom flats. The areas in the bay that are sandy and littered with rocks are starting to produces some nice catches. Bouncing a shrimp on a jig head is an extremely effective method. Try to move the rod tip only a bit, imagining the jig head moving up only an inch or so off the bottom. This creates a "puff" of sand as it bounces just off the bottom and proves to be hard to resist for the flat fish. Trout have been around, and the average size has been around 17 inches. Live sardines have been the top bait, followed by a live shrimp. Look for deep underwater channels with good flow. Drift the tail-hooked shrimp by tossing it up-current and letting it drift along and repeat. You might need to experiment with different sized split shots until you find the sweet spot.
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