The summer doldrums are here. Daytime snook fishing has slowed to a trickle. For night owls there are many windows of opportunity. Lazy fish during the day become more active after sundown. Many residential docks have streetlights over the water. These attract bait fish, which in turn bring the snook. Medium-heavy to stout gear is required to minimize frustration from snapped lines. Jumbo live shrimp or soft plastic jigs are good bait options. If boat noise is minimized, several fish often can be caught from the same dock.
For those who have to fish For those who have to fish in the day, bridges are a great place to beat the heat and have quality fishing at the same time. Pompano don't mind the summer heat at all. A fiddler crab or a pompano jig tipped with shrimp are great ways to catch the tasty speedsters. Scraping barnacles off bridge pilings will attract many types of fish, especially pompano. Medium to light spinning gear usually is sufficient. Occasionally a large black drum or small tarpon will get hooked. Move to different parts of the bridges to find where they are most concentrated. A moving tide is essential for best results.
_ Dave Walker charters out of Tampa. Call (813) 310-6531 or e-mail at www.snookfish.com.