by CAPT. DOUG HEMMER
WHAT'S HOT: Snook are starting to feed on a regular pattern. The best action has been at the start and end of a tidal movement. Target outing tides following the new and full moons. Fish the incoming tide after the quarter moons. The best bait is a large threadfin herring free-lined up-current of the school. They are bigger and slower than a scaled sardine. This helps keep them in the strike zone for a longer period of time.
WHERE: Snook can be found from the upper parts of Tampa Bay out to the beaches. The hard part is they won't stop moving. They are working their way out of the bay to spawn in the passes. You may find a school on Monday that won't be there on Tuesday. Spend the time to go scouting so you'll have more than one spot to target.
POMPANO: There have been large numbers of pompano hanging in the shallow end of the Skyway's north fishing pier. During the incoming tide, they were schooling on the down-current side of the pilings between the pier and the new bridge. A small hair jig or a hook wrapped with a painted weight will draw strikes when bounced off the bottom. The best colors have been pink, white and yellow. Drift fish the area until you locate the fish. Anchor in that area and fan cast to locate the school. From the pier, walk the pier and drop the jig behind a piling and jig it back with the current.
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