Went out to Cape Romano to fish the beaches and caught a beautiful snook on a 4” paddle tail on a 3/16 oz jig head. This thing was a beast. If I hooked it in the back country I don’t think that I would have landed it with the tackle that I was using. As I was fighting it a second large snook was shadowing the one that I hooked. Pretty cool and a great way to spend the morning. The waves were flat when I left Calusa marina at about 8am but picked up pretty rough by the time I headed in around 10 or so.
I'd stay out front till October if I was you.
Bait will be there soon and the Sows will be fattening up for Spawn.
A fresh dead bait in that Trough would catch everything in it.
Set the anchor and chunk out the FRESH Dead.