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Daily fishing report

By ED WALKER
Published April 5, 2005


With the spring fishing breakout interrupted by seemingly endless weather systems, inshore anglers have had to adapt to each new day. When conditions have been favorable, snook fishing in the North Pinellas and Pasco areas has been excellent. The big fish have been moving out of the rivers and creeks and onto the flats to feed. Many have been oversized. The day before last weekend's cold front, Joel Adams of Lakeland landed 10 snook, the largest measuring 40 inches and estimated at 20 pounds.

Big-scaled sardines are the bait of choice for most snook hunters, but these prized baitfish are sensitive to weather changes and often scatter when there are fluctuations in their environment. Tracking them after such changes can be challenging. On some days, two casts of the net yield 500 or more baits and others it can take an hour to catch a 100 in the exact same spot. If you are after snook, however, there is no substitute.

Cooler water temperatures may somewhat slow snook action. When there is a chill in the morning, the best bet is to target redfish, trout, mackerel or bluefish; then try the snook later when the water temperature rises. Flounder have been a nice bonus to recent catches. We have been catching one or two a day while targeting other species.

--Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call 727 944-3474 or e-mail info@lighttacklecharters.com