Lido Key Beach

Weather continues to be the story in Sarasota.

The odd weather patterns continued of late, with tropical weather bringing wind and some rain.  The main problem has been the muddy, churned up water that coming into the Sarasota Bay on the incoming tide.  The key was finding "clean" water, especially flats with bait on it.  Anglers who were persistent achieved success using live shrimp and jigs at the Middlegrounds and Buttonwood Harbor.  Speckled trout to 20", gag grouper, mangrove snapper, jack crevelle, bluefish, and ladyfish were landed by clients on Lido Key fishing charters this week.  Action really picked up towards the end of the week as the water cleared up.

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Big Sarasota snook for Lido Key angler!

I was running a fishing charter last Thursday out of the boat ramp in downtown Sarasota, Florida. My clients were Scott Robinson from Texas and his 10 year old son Andrew. The plan was to leave early and fish Big Sarasota Pass, just on the south end of Lido Key. I had some large live shrimp and we cast them towards the rocky shoreline. Several average snook were hooked before Andrew got into a real lunker. It hit hard then dumped the spool as I frantically moved away from the structure. It was nip and tuck for a bit, but finally came to the net to pose for a quick photo before being released. It was a personal best for Andrew and a nice fish for anyone!
Lido Key beach