Sunday, January 21, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Snook plentiful in south Pinellas

Snook fishing along the south beaches of Pinellas County has been amazingly productive. Large schools are hanging in the swash channels formed by wave motion right off the beach. The water clarity changes depending on the wind. If the wind is from the west, the water becomes cloudy, which makes it difficult to find schools. An easterly wind pushes the dirty water offshore, causing water to clear and making it easier to locate the large shadows along the beach. I drift with the tide and use my trolling motor to steer the boat. Once I see a dark shadow, I drop my shallow-water anchor and start fishing. Sometimes the shadow is one fish, or it might be a huge shadow, indicating a whole school. The shadow could be grass, but I target every shadow. Threadfin herring, a larger bait, has been producing the largest fish. The opening of Tampa Bay has been loaded with fish. The Egmont Key area has been thriving, too. Massive schools of small baitfish are in the deep hole off Egmont Key. Bonito, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, blacktip sharks, and tarpon are feeding on these schools.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

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