With recent temperature drops look for the snook bite to regain momentum. Snook were staging for their winter haunts before the warming trend, then scattered as the water temperature rose. Temps are now back to the mid 70s and snook will feed heavily before the next front, forecast for Thursday evening. Best baits are live sardines freelined on shallow flats close to a deep water refuge. Trout should also grind hard as cooler water congregates them together on flat edges and deep potholes. Redfish are also feeding well on low-water stages of tides. Tailing fish can be found on any healthy grassflat with mullet. They are also foraging on shrimp, baitfish, or anything that comes across their face. Lighten up on leader material and line class. This time of year 10-pound braid with a 15-pound leader works well, even on snook. The thinner diameter of the 15-pound fluorocarbon will increase strikes.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]m.