Sarasota Fishing Charters
It is mid-June and for me that means a lot of family fishing charters in Sarasota. The kids up north are getting out of school for the summer. On these types of trips, action and variety are the goals. Fishing the deep grass flats accomplishes that! Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, jack crevelle, sharks, bluefish, cobia, ladyfish, catfish, and more were caught over the last two weeks by anglers fishing with me. Bass Assassin baits and Gulp Shrimp on a ¼ ounce jig head produced. Live shrimp and chumming with pilchards was also effective. The Bird Key flats, Middlegrounds, and Bishop’s Pt were the top spots.
Snook have moved into both Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass in good numbers. Strong afternoon outgoing tides are a great time to target the snook that are schooled up near structure in the passes. Fishing with live bait such as shrimp, pilchards, threadfin herring, pinfish, and grunts is usually the best approach on family fishing charters in Sarasota. Rocky structure, docks, bares, and bridges will all attract and hold snook. Heavier tackle will be required to land a big snook in this environment.
I make it a point to be honest in my fishing reports. The truth is that this has been a terrible tarpon season so far. We are in the middle of June and it just is not happening. I ran a tarpon trip on Tuesday, we saw very few fish and really never made a cast. West wind earlier and some red tide south of Big Pass did not help.
Fishing has been decent lately, though conditions are less than ideal. The water temperature is rising into the mid and upper 80’s. Once we start receiving out afternoon rains, things will cool off, especially in the mornings. Baitfish are showing up on the flats near the passes, and while it is on the small side, it is big enough to catch and use. The water is still a bit off-color as well, for whatever reason and there is still a bunch of mossy weed in the bay.