What's hot: Mangrove snapper has remained consistent in the bay. Many structures that attract snook also hold snapper. Look for rock-lined drop-offs, bridges or pot holes in grass flats with good tidal flow.
Technique: Snapper and snook use structures to ambush baitfish as they are swept by the current. Presenting baits naturally allows them to be carried with this flow. Casting upcurrent and letting the bait swim down with the tide while keeping slight slack in the line will draw strikes.
Tip: Snapper moves up the water column for chum, but snook hangs back for it. This requires a chum chunker to keep a steady flow. Drop a hooked piece of chum of the same size into the mix with an open bail, and allow it to fall at the same rate. When line begins to peel off the reel, close the bail.
Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 510-1009.