Snook: Snook season has began, but I still prefer to practice catch and release with the prized fish. Many snook are still on the beaches and in the passes. A white jig bumped along the bottom will quickly prove to be a deadly weapon on these ravenous fish. An early start is a must. Once it gets hot, the bite shuts down. Use gear heavy enough to whip them quickly so they do not build deadly lactic acid. For live baits, try sardines, pinfish or a shrimp on a jig head bounced along the bottom.
Redfish: Redfish are stealing the spotlight and enjoy gnawing on sardines and will boil the water when chummed up. Unlike snook, redfish are more hardy and more willing to feed in the heat of the day, if the water is moving.
Snapper: Snapper are still a top producer around the bridge pilings. Shrimp and smallish sardines work best.
Scallops: Scallop season is also still going strong. My clients have bagged limits in 6 to 7 feet of water just south of the Homosassa River. It's a great way to beat the heat and fun for the whole family.
Contact Tim Whitfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 714-0889.