What's hot: Snook fishing has improved immensely in the past couple of weeks. Large schools can be found anywhere from barrier island passes to inland river mouths and residential canals. Snook prefer to wait in ambush and have prey come to them. Look for areas with good water flow around structure or over changing water depths: Dock and bridge pilings, spoil islands, oyster bars, potholes, and jetties.
Tactics: Snook usually wait, facing the current, for smaller fish or crustaceans to flow in or out with the tide. So it's most effective to cast upcurrent of the structure and let your bait flow past naturally. Typically, the faster the water, the closer to the structure or snook your bait needs to be. The best bites have been early morning, late evening and at night, around the tide change.
Bait and tackle: Most snook fishing is done using a 10- to 12-pound spinning outfit, a piece of 30-pound leader, and a hook to match the size of the bait. Around bridge or dock pilings heavier tackle might be necessary. Use 30- to 50-pound braid on a large spin or conventional outfit, a piece of leader from 40- to 80-pound test, and a thicker gage hook. In the passes a hand size pinfish has been the No. 1 bait, and closer to shore I like a frisky scaled sardine.
Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 385-0382.