The spring time transition frenzy has started! Our large trout have started to move out. The red fish have already begun to start grouping up in small schools. And snook are moving out of the backwaters, ending up up on the flats as they make their journey to the beaches to spawn. The bait has already started coming in strong! Although the bait is coming in I have been still catching tons of fish on shrimp artificial lures like the Monster 3X! Other very productive baits have been Mirro Lure's Mirrodine and Yo-Zuri's Sashimi Top Water Pencil. Sometimes if my clients do not feel comfortable using artificial lures I have been using live shrimp, which has been productive as well. A couple of days ago my clients were using shrimp catching nice red fish and flounder. They told me that they would love to watch me to catch something on artificial lure. I saw a large shadow of a fish, of just its head inside of a pothole. I pitched my top water over at it and it took off into the grass where I couldn't see it anymore. Soon as I finished my retrieve I launched it into the dark grassy area. My second twitch BOOM it missed it, then BOOM it missed it again, and the third time the snook inhaled it! Fish ON! I had to pull the anchor because it literally almost spooled me! I was only using 20lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon and could feel the gills of the fish cutting through it! Finally I got her to the boat and I could only fit her head in the net! Measured just under the 40 inch mark. My client Freaked out and told me he couldn't believe that there were fish like that in the water! lol! He said I was just standing in the water with that thing! I then told him that the fish had know teeth, and that you could actually hold him like a bass. He was truly amazed that an artificial lure caught the biggest fish of the day. I tell everyone that if you believe that you will catch something on a lure, YOU WILL! Confidence is the key to success!