Intent on targeting the female elders of the tribe — usually the largest snook — we initially opted to live-bait the mouths of several creeks. The bait available, however, left a lot to be desired. Pilchards, known locally as whitebait, were plentiful but small. We’d hoped for 3- to 4-inchers, but despite an extensive search, our netting efforts yielded mostly 2-inch baits. Yes, elephants eat peanuts, but so do a lot of smaller critters. Larger baits not only tempt bigger snook, they also deter thieving undesirables, like ladyfish, catfish and small jacks. The fish we caught at the first few spots confirmed our fears: Our baits were too darn small. Most were intercepted by voracious mangrove snapper, along with a few redfish and a number of sneeks (tiny snook) under 18 inches.