Lido beach fishing report

Sarasota fishing steady despite challenging weather

Unstable weather patterns have resulted in some challenging conditions for anglers on Sarasota fishing charters.  We experienced quite a bit of rain and wind from a recent tropical system.  The key after these storms is to find "clean" water that is not all stirred up from the wind.  Speckled trout and mangrove snapper bit pretty well in Robert's Bay, just sout of Lido Key, hitting live shrimp.  Also, Big Sarasota Pass was good for ladyfish and a couple of sharks and took jigs and shrimp.  The flats close to the Yacht Club Channel produced a bunch of trout and ladyfish as well.  Baitfish are showing up but they are too small to use for bait, but that will change and soon I will be chumming with the shiners.

Fishing charters Sarasota

Good action on Lido Key over the Easter holiday!

Easter and Spring Break equates to family fishing charters on Lido Key in Sarasota, Florida. The main goal is action, I want the kids and novice anglers to catch fish and have fun. Big Sarasota Pass is perfect for these types of fishing charters. The pass has been full of ladyfish along with a few bluefish and Spanish mackerel. This is easy fishing and really does not require much casting as a shrimp drifted out behind the boat will catch plenty of fish, as do jigs bounced along the bottom. The nearby grass flats also hold plenty of fish, including speckled trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish.
Sarasota fishing charters

Excellent snook fishing on Lido Key

In the summertime snook migrate out of Sarasota Bay and into the passes and out on the beaches as part of their annual spawning run. Any structure in either New Pass or Big Sarasota Pass as well as any of the Lido Key beaches may hold out premier inshore gamefish. Artificial lures such as plugs and jigs will fool some fish, but live bait will be more productive. Live shrimp, pinfish, and pilchards will ass do well. Rocks, docks, and bridges are all likely fish-holding structures.

Anglers may also choose to sight cast to cruising snook in the surf. This is great fun as light tackle is the best choice to use. Small white bucktail jigs will work, as will live bait. This is a fantastic opportunity for fly anglers as well. Short quick casts are the norm as most fish will be seen within a couple feet from shore.

Lido Key snook