The snook action has been great this summer with reports of snook everywhere, even in winter haunts. My favorite snook fishing during the summer is around the passes. We have been using the kayaks to get to sand bar spots near the mouth of passes to wade fishing for trophy size snook. Your best bet for snook is to target a strong moving tide and or sunrise or sunset. The best baits have been pinfish, grunts and white bait as well as soft plastic artificals like the gulp shrimp.
The trout and red bite has also been good as we have been working spoil islands and grass flat drop offs on the way to and from our snook spots. Best baits have been cut pinfish and lady fish for reds and shrimp and soft plastics for the trout.
As for the beach fishing, tarpon have been plentiful, but the bite has not yet been very cooperative. This should change quickly as we near the new moon in a few days. There are still plenty of grunts and a few flounder and mackerel roaming the reefs which make for a good way to end a morning of tarpon fishing with getting a chance for a tasty dinner.