This was sent to me by Capt. Jon Bull over on the West coast of Florida this week. Anyone up for some snook?
Fishing Report 4-21-14
Fly fishing for snook has been really good when the weather allows for it. Snook are staging along the mangroves and passes along the Eastern shore of Tampa Bay. 8 weight gear is the standard for pulling these linesiders away from the bushes. Snook hide in plain sight sometimes in inches of water, so more often than not a little noise may be necessary to bring them out of hiding. These situations call for foam head sliders (Heidi’s Whitey) or foam gurglers (Hell’s Bay Hopper) to draw these fish out of hiding.
When using these topwater flies, shorter mono leaders with a 30# bite tippet will help turn the fly over quickly and allow the fly to float higher in the water column. A very slow stealthy approach on the push pole is necessary. Bailing out of the boat to wade may get you in closer to those tight pockets where snook tend to reside. Most fish are between 18” to 26” but larger fish can be found in deeper pockets along the mangroves. The bite will be heightened on good tidal flow.