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Recently, many people have asked if the snook are biting yet in the north Suncoast area. Honestly, not really. You can catch a few by patiently working a bait through one of many schools that are easily visible in certain sheltered areas. It has been slow, but it can be done if you have the time. The decision is, would you rather spend all day trying to catch a couple of cold, lethargic snook, or keep the rods bent catching speckled trout and redfish? I prefer to go with what is biting best at the time.

Within the next few weeks it is likely that the water temperature will warm up enough for snook. Spanish mackerel and cobia will also begin to appear. When the water reaches 70 degrees there will be twice as many species of game fish for inshore anglers to choose from. The ultimate multipurpose bait, the scaled sardine, will open up many new opportunities. Then the decisions become a little tougher. Should we hunt cobia? Work the mangroves for snook and reds? Maybe look for permit and pompano along the sand bars? Most local anglers look forward to facing such dilemmas. It wont be long. The prime fishing season is just around the corner.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 944-3474 or e-mail