Snook and the water temperature have bounced back after the front, though it took a few days. You might find that the snook you were on have moved, some far away but some only a few hundred yards. Either way there are a variety of shad tail-type bats as well as spoons that work fantastic to search out new pods. The big females seem to have separated from the males in preparation for the spawn. Redfish are scattered about the flats and mixed in with snook of similar size. Cut threadfin herring are top baits for the live bait crowd; you can't beat a sardine and a small pinfish is a close second. Gold or bronze spoons are perfect for tossing in and around the mullet schools. Trout are all over in the 15- to 17-inch range and are feeding well on an incoming tide. Look for deep water nearby with good flow and fish the edges of the grass and sand. The bigger fish have been on the sand and choose to strike when you least expect it. Cobia have finally made a good push into the bay. Look on the backs of stingrays and manatees. Some of the places they are found you can fish trout or mackerel with a chum bag out, which draws in the rays. Cobia follow, waiting for the rays to spook up an unsuspecting pinfish or crab.
Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]