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By PETE KATSARELIS

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 8, 2001


Snook fishing on the north Suncoast flats has been outstanding. Mild weather has raised water temperatures and brought greenbacks to the flats. When the greenbacks arrive each year, it seems snook can't resist them. But as snook see more greenbacks on hooks, the snook become more selective, requiring subtle changes to draw strikes.

Snook fishing on the north Suncoast flats has been outstanding. Mild weather has raised water temperatures and brought greenbacks to the flats. When the greenbacks arrive each year, it seems snook can't resist them. But as snook see more greenbacks on hooks, the snook become more selective, requiring subtle changes to draw strikes.

The first change is to smaller leaders. Instead of using 30- or 40-pound leader, try a 3-foot length of 20- to 25-pound fluorocarbon. And instead of a 2/0 or larger hooks, try a 1/0 or even No. 1. If you use a braided line, consider dropping to a lighter monofilament. Each of these changes reduces the visibility of your tackle and helps your bait appear more natural.

It's also a good idea to change your bait every couple of casts to keep it fresh and lively.

-- 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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