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Snook fishing at peak

What's hot: The snook fishing on the north Pinellas beaches is at its peak, and many large schools are holding along the swash channels. With an abundance of large females in the 15-pound class being caught so far this year, many smaller males will hold with them. Dawn and dusk will give anglers the best chance at the larger fish. Most of the fish caught along the shallows of the sandy shorelines will be found along breaks and points that stick out from the beach. Any darker green water will give away increased depth and will harbor game fish waiting to ambush a meal. The incoming tide has cooler water flowing in and will stimulate these linesiders into chewing on small pinfish and whitebait thrown ahead of the school. Twenty-five-pound fluorocarbon leader with a size 2/0 hook has been working best because of the clear water.

On higher tides, redfish in the 22- to 25-inch class are covering the oyster bars along the mangroves. Using a small 1/8-ounce brown pumpkin bucktail or a scented shrimp plastic tail, bounce the artificials along the edge of the oysters to instigate a strike. By keeping the rod tip high, the jigs will avoid getting hung up.

Just for kids: With many kids on summer break, fishing for small blacktip sharks will provide constant action. Use a long-shank silver hook with cut pinfish and a cork 2 feet above to produce strikes. The grass flats inside Honeymoon Island and Three Rooker Bar are holding good numbers.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 or jim@captainhud.com.

Snook fishing at peak 07/07/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 8:20am]

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