What's hot: Snook are moving out from their winter backcountry haunts in north Pinellas. They will stage along the flats in front of canals and creeks as they test the water temperatures. When we get consistent warm weather, they will forage more, looking for easy meals while inching toward the passes. Check areas with cuts and ditches as well as oyster bars on peak high tides. Seawalls and docks lining the entrances to residential canals will often hold good numbers of snook.
Tackle: Use 10- to 15-pound braided line with a 30-pound leader to reduce breakoffs.
Bait: Live sardines, also referred to as "whitebait" or "greenbacks," are a favorite for snook.
Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and his website at captbrian.com.