Warm, relatively stable weather this past week sparked some snook action on the beach, in the inlet and the backwaters. If a steady supply of baitfish would suddenly appear I’m sure the bite would become awesome.
While the sheepshead bite has slowed there has been no real decline for most other inshore species. Trout are once again smacking topwater plugs and Z-Man Minnowz, Curly Tailz and Diezel Minnowz along with live shrimp. The ladyfish, bluefish and jacks frequently join in and don’t be surprised when a redfish decides to play.
We’ve been enjoying the bite along the spoil islands both north and south of town and on both the east and west sides of the ICW. Let the wind help you decide where to start.
A few pompano are skipping behind the boat from time to time as we’re moving about, though not with the regularity of the past two months. Still, they can be caught in good numbers if you’re able to stay with them. Jigs tipped with fleas or pieces of shrimp will convince a few and so will sand fleas offered on a common pompano surf rig. Be ready to deal with the hardheads if you decide to soak bait.
Beachside jetty snook are eating live shrimp with the better catches being in the milky waters not in the clear. Tuesday and Wednesday we saw quite a few sixty plus pound tarpon heading westbound through the inlet. Looks like our summer tarpon are coming!