Tampa Fishing Monster Snook
Springtime through mid-summer is the time of the year many anglers look forward to Tampa Fishing Monster Snook. Tampa Bay, in particular, has a world-class fishery and produces great numbers of fish year after year. Tampa Bays network of rivers, mangrove estuaries, bayous, passes, and beaches make up this “Snook Wonderland”.
The Snook spawn historically starts before or after the full moon in May and lasts throughout the summer months. With the Snook spawn starting in May many fish start preparing in April chewing on anything in site. It is not surprising for my guests to catch 100 Snook during a trip in the month of June. This is when I’ve found the Snook bite at its peak fishing inside Tampa Bay.
However, these fish are within the common length range of 24-32 inches. The bigger fish 32-40 inches and up are most commonly found in the passes along the Gulf beaches from the Anclote River down south to Bunces Pass during earlier months.
When fishing the passes one of my favorite baits to use is a palm-sized Grunt. I get the biggest split-shot you can find and place it a foot away from the hook in its mouth and nose.
The Intercoastal waterways and bridges connecting the beaches to the mainland are also good places to find big female Snook.
If you enjoyed this post about Saltwater Fishing, you might also enjoy this fishing report from the same area.