Regional Reports-South

Gulf Coast

Snook should be biting in inlets, in passes and along Gulf Coast beaches from mid-state south. Snook are notoriously nocturnal, but dawn and dusk action is often outstanding. Topwater plugs, jigs, soft-plastic jerkbaits and live baits all take fish. Among the traditional hot areas are Stuart, Jupiter Inlet, the Everglades and Marco Island regions, Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Florida's snook harvest has always been controversial, and many anglers and guides have successfully lobbied the state to have long closed seasons and to reduce the bag limit along the Gulf Coast and in Monroe County to one snook per person, per day. Legal slot size for snook is 26 to 34 inches. Contact: Guide Dave Markett, Tampa (813-962-1435); guide Phil O'Bannon, Boca Grande (941-964-0359); guide Rufus Wakeman, Stuart (561-334-4645).