Big Sarasota Pass

Sheepshead fishing hot in Sarasota passes!

The annual sheepshead spawning run is getting started as these fiesty saltwater panfish are becoming plentiful in the area.  Big Sarasota Pass borders Lido Key to the south and has a bunch of fish-holding structure.  Rocky bottom, docks, and sea walls will attract sheepshead, along with grouper and snapper.  The technique if quite simple, just lower a live or frozen shrimp down to the bottom on a #1/0 bait hook and wait for the bite.  While sheepshead are quite tasty, they are difficult to clean and most anglers don't keep any less that 14" or so, even though the minimum is 12". 

Lido Key fishing

Hot fishing on Lido Key before severe front

The first severe cold front of the season is moving through Florida this weekend.  Fish generally bite good before the front and that was the case this week.  Anglers on Lido Key fishing charters experienced fast action on the deep grass flats and in the passes.  Bluefish and ladyfish were plentiful with speckled trout and a few nice pompano mixed in and hit Bass Assassin jigs.  The Middlegrounds was the top spot with Big Sarasota Pass a close second.  Action should resume once the weather moves through and the water settles down.  Jack crevelle continue to please clients in the Manatee River and Braden River.  Both fly and spin anglers landed jacks to 5 pounds on baitfish patterns and plugs.

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Breezy weather on Sarasota fishing charters this week.

We experienced some breezy conditions lately on Sarasota fishing charters, though it did not keep anglers from having success.  Snook and jack crevelle hit pilchards in Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass.  Pompano, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, cobia, grouper, snapper, ladyfish, and more hit Bass Assassin jigs and live bait on the deeper grass flats.  Lido Key is surrounded on the east side by lush grass flats which hold bait and then in turn attracts the gamefish.  Our first severe cold front is approaching, hopefully that will kick off our fall beach fishing.

Sarasota fishing charters