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Daily fishing report

By PETE KATSARELIS
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 18, 2002

The season's first arrival of whitebait has opened up most fishing avenues on the flats. Snook, redfish, cobia, trout and mackerel have moved to the flats in force. I suggest targeting snook since the next few weeks probably will mark the best snook fishing of the year.

These snook haven't seen greenback in months and seem to have a difficult time in passing one up. The bombardment of baits they'll receive in the next few weeks will lead to more selective feeding habits, however.

A well full of greenback, and a 10-pound spinning outfit with a 3-foot fluorocarbon shock leader is perfect tackle. An assortment of hooks ranging from size 1 to 3/0 is a good idea. Match the size of the bait to the size of the hook.

Snook fishing has been excellent off Tarpon Springs. Though north Pinellas County does not have the sheer numbers of fish that Tampa Bay has, the average size is larger. Catches of 10 or more snook larger than 30 inches will not be uncommon in the next few weeks.

-- Capt. Pete Katsarelis charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at (727) 439-3474 or by e-mail at inshoreadventure@aol.com.

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