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Daily fishing report

By JIM HUDDLESTON
Published August 29, 2006


With typical late-summer conditions, there are many areas in which to catch that season-opening snook. Most are around the beaches and nearby passes, but the islands and oyster bars lining the Intracoastal Waterway are great transition places to look for a trophy linesider. Most lighted docks that have good current flow and are near a pass also will be productive.

Fill the livewell with different arsenal baits. Atop the current list are grunts or pigfish pinned near the bottom next to those big breeder snook. Greenbacks sardines, large threadfins and pinfish are the next-best baits. Planning to fish dock lights? Jumbo shrimp won't last long tossed into the zone.

Four feet of 40-pound fluorocarbon leader with a 4/0 sharp hook gives anglers a fighting chance. Anchor as far away from your structure as possible to allow for a slight advantage in pulling larger ones away from danger - and expect to lose quite a few when fishing near bridges or rocks. The major passes - John's Pass, Clearwater Pass and the new memorial causeway bridge leading to Clearwater Beach - are holding good numbers of snook at night.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 or at jim@captainhud.com.