Friday, January 19, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Snook on the move

The snook run is moving south from upper Tampa Bay to the bridges close to the beach. The best spots are the docks on the west side of the bay and the spoil islands close to the beach. During low tides, fish the potholes on the outside of the docks. When the tide is high, fish under the docks. You can use light tackle during low tide, 15-pound line and a 30-pound leader will draw the most strikes. During higher tides, use 30-pound line and 40-pound leader to keep the snook out of the pilings. The top bait has been threadfins. The best action is when the tide is moving. Most of the snook are moving toward the beach. Give each spot 15 minutes before moving to the next. During the spring migration, the fish you found the day before will have moved from that area and closer to the beach. During most of trips, we will find fish on half the stops that held fish the day before. Drift up to areas that have produced fish on past trips and move to the next spot when that area doesn't produce fish. Another way to increase your chances is to scout areas by slowly idling and look for snook to swim away as the boat gets close. Boats with a 4 stroke engine get you closer to snook than a trolling motor.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

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