© St. Petersburg Times, published September 15, 2002
Summer temperatures have cooled little if any, but the angles of the sun and moon have changed a bit and may be causing changes in the behavior of fish.
Snook are still around the larger passes, but some have started to move east toward rivers, creeks and bayous. The spoil islands between Ozona and Tarpon Springs are good spots to look for them. A quiet, early morning approach is effective. Most of the islands have sandy bottoms on their south side that are good spots to anchor. Get out and wade the east, west and the north sides of the islands, which usually hold more snook.
Shallow-running plugs and 4- to 6-inch plastic worms work well. A small splitshot on the leader causes the worm to run near the bottom, sometimes the most effective way to fish.
Some of the dock lights along the shore of Ozona have a decent number of snook at night. Anchor as far from the dock as possible, and toss a live pinfish uptide of the light. Work the bait slowly under the light for best results. This requires 15-pound line and a tight drag to get big fish away from the dock. Use 40-pound monofilament leader for a better chance against the pilings.
Be considerate of dock owners. Don't leave hooks stuck on their dock and be quiet when fishing late at night.
-- Capt. Wendell Akins charters the Drifter out of Crystal Beach (Palm Harbor). Call (727) 785-3018, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.