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I did pretty well targeting snook in Tampa Bay during the fall. Things slowed down in the winter, which I wasn’t fussed about given that snook are a warm water species. But now that the water has heated up, I’ve been blanking. I went out in late March to an estuary where I was catching snook in fall, but didn’t get anything. I went out again this weekend (April 13), this time on some points towards the mouth of Tampa Bay. I waded mangroves, grass flats, and backwater creeks, but only got one strike, which might’ve been a ladyfish or trout (it came off before I could tell). I tried various swimbaits and flukes. 
 

All the reports I’ve heard say that the snook are everywhere and easy to catch, but that’s been the opposite of my experience. Granted, two trips in the spring is a limited sample size, but it’s a long drive for me to get out to snook water. I don’t have the time to try a bunch of spots and fine tune through experience. Is there anything I’m doing wrong? Are snook just really fickle? 

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I’ve seen a bunch of them but never had a bite , even with live pin fish. They just follow it around 

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