From high in the tower of our bay boat, Capt. Rufus Wakeman saw the snook first. “There they are,” he said, “30 fish or more lying above the sand right next to the rocks. Some big ones too.” We had motored slowly around the north jetty of the St. Lucie inlet in Stuart, Florida, looking for that very thing. I tossed a live pilchard (scaled sardine) close to the rocks, and within seconds, I saw a subsurface flash, and my line came tight as a snook engulfed the baitfish. Snook strike hard, and the fight was exciting as the fish tried to head for open water. But after a few minutes, I brought the tired fish alongside the boat, and we released it, scoring our first snook of the day.