Snook are becoming more active with each day. As water temperatures increase, so does their appetite. If the past few weeks are any indication, we should be in for a banner spring. Add some redfish and trout, and perhaps some splendid weather, and you have the ingredients for a great day on the water.
What's hot: All three of the "slam species'' are feeding on the flats. On warm days, snook, trout and redfish all are cooperating nicely. Depressions on the flats at low tide are holding nice batches of these fish. On cold days, things can still be a little tough in the snook department.
Tip: A little patience is required this time of year. It can be a while between fish. But putting in the extra effort has been paying off. The fish this time of year tend to group. So when you find one of these groups, mind-blowing catching can occur. The water is really clear now in Tampa Bay. Therefore, the use of fluorocarbon leader material is advised to trick smart fish.
Technique: Live bait and soft plastic jigs have been equally effective. Live sardines are becoming more prevalent but are fickle after drastic weather changes. The artificial lures can be purchased 24 hours a day regardless of the weather. Consistency does bring a feeling of relief.
Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at snookfish.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 310-6531.