Re: Englewood, Lemon Bay and Manasota Key
I lived down there for a while (1.5hrs from where I have lived all my life.) and most all of the beaches are private. What that means is just be out there a little before sun rise and you will have the place to your self.
I throw patterns that are lightly weighted and white and black with a little silver. #2 - 2/0 will do just fine. Try and use 15lb fluro if the water is clear. (it always is) but you may need to go up on the tippet based on the size fish that are working the beach.
The biggest key in beach fishing in my state is to walk on the highest point of the beach so that you can see 1. far and 2. dont spook any fish, the next tip would be to cover as much ground as possible. You will see people all day walking the waters edge and catch nothing. At certain times I will be 100 feet / 30 meters from the water when fish spotting. Do not get happy because a spot looks good. If you cant see the fish then keep moving.
Some mornings you wont see a fish. The next you wont have more than a minute in between fish.
"Snook are like females, you can throw your lure at them all day and they won't bite!" Graham