Monday, April 21, 2014

Pine Island Fishing Report: Break Out The Topwaters

Good news.  The snook are finally hitting the artificials.  That hasn't happened for me with any kind of regularity yet this season but something seemed to set them off late last week.  Landing them has been a different story.  I've had a pair of monster snook in the 20lb. range bust right through the leaders and a dozen smaller ones simply blast the lures right into the air and miss the hooks entirely.  It's a riot to watch but frustrating at the same time.  Keep the retrieve slow and they'll usually come back and hit the bait a couple times until they feel the metal.  The standard Zara Spook in the photo above is a proven winner but I've been introduced to a new popper that's been drawing some explosive strikes.  I'll post some more about that one later this week.