The first cold front of the year provided one pleasant morning of fishing before the heat and humidity returned. There will be extremely low morning tides this week. Your best bet to catch fish will start about midday, unless you have low-water deep holes. The best part of the cold front was that is lowered the water temperature a few degrees, which can change everything. Snook are piled up all over and they barely would go after bait. That has changed. Monday and Tuesday, snook were blowing up every bait that hit the water.

The bite was good in the morning at deep-water docks and as the tide came in they ate very well on the flats. The redfish bite was phenomenal the past three weeks but the numerous schools around Fort De Soto have disappeared this week. I expect the schools to get back together as the weekend approaches, around barrier islands that have water movement. Live or cutbait will work. The trout and Spanish mackerel bite is really good on the outgoing tide. Look for them in about 6-8 feet of water. Chum with a lot of bait to get the bite going. …