Baitfish are starting to move onto the flats in big schools, and the fishing has been excellent. Good numbers of legal snook and the occasional bug fish have started to feed in 1-3 feet in the grassflats. When the tide comes in, snook get first crack at hapless baitfish that the shallow water had protected. Targeting these fish with a small baitfish of your own, such as a greenback, small pinfish or tiger minnow, should produce shots at snook.
The early-morning angler who wants to wade a grassflat will get opportunities at big trout, snook, redfish and maybe even a big cobia by throwing a noisy surface plug or diving hardbait. The key to success will be fishing the low light conditions. Jigs and spoons will produce more strikes the rest of the day.
_ Eric Shapiro charters Light Tackle Fishing out of Tampa. Call (813) 855-0430.