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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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Good fishing off the Lido Key beaches

Northeast winds have resulted in cool, calm water in the inshore Gulf of Mexico of late.  This causes baitfish to school up in huge numbers just off of our area beaches.  The forage then attracts the gamefish; Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, false albacore, sharks, and more!  Mackerel and albies will terrorize helpless baitfish on the surface, creating a very exciting fishing experience as a plug or jig cast into the fray will usually get eaten.  A ten pounf false albacore on light spinning tackle is about as fun as it gets!  Clients on Lido Key fishing charters scored on albies, mackerel, jacks, and ladyfish this week in the inshore Gulf of Mexico just off of the Sarasota beaches.  This action will continue until it gets too cold, probably around Christmas.

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Clients landing pompano on Lido Key fishing charters

As we eased into a fall fishing pattern, anglers with Capt Jim Klopfer on Lido Key fishing charters landed pompano on every trip using jigs.  The deeper flats in Sarasota Bay and in particular Marina Jacks and the Middlegrounds, were the top spots.  Also, there was quite a bit of surface activity with bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish foraging on glass minnows.  Jigs worked well as did shallow diving plugs.  This type of action should continue until we get some severe cold fronts.

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Still summer in Sarasota; fishing is hot as well!

It has been quite warm in Sarasota of late, with "feels like" temperatures in the low 100's.  But despite that, fishing has been very good as the fish slowly ease into their fall patterns.  Bait remains plentiful on the flats and out on the beaches.  Speckled trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jacks, grouper, ladyfish, and more were landed by anglers fishing Lido Key casting jigs and using live bait fish.  Snook are still in the passes and migrating into the bays and backwaters.  Spanish mackerel schools were found at Pt. Of Rocks and the inshore artificial reefs.  Action should only get better as the water cools off a tad.

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Big speckled trout for Sarasota angler!

I was fishing the other day with Chelsey and her husband Kyle, experiencing fast action chumming with live bait fish on the deep grass flats on the east side of Lido Key.  Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, ladyfish, grouperr, and snapper were keeping the rods bent.  Then, a much larger fish was hooked!  The fish stayed deep, leaving us in suspense until it came alongside, where we saw that it was a huge speckled trout!  I slid the net under it and we held her up for a quick photo before releasing it.  Anglers fishing Lido Key can expect some nice speckled trout when going out on a fishing charter, but this was a trophy!

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“Hot” fishing continues on Lido Key

It has certainly been a very hot summer here in Sarasota, Florida.  The lack of afternoon rains resulted in water temperatures in the upper 80's, which is higher than normal.  Despite that, clients on Lido Key fishing charters experienced good action, especially in the first couple hours of the morning, before it got too hot.  Speckled trout, mangrove snapper, and Spanish mackerel led the list of species taken, with grouper, jacks, small sharks, and ladyfish mixed in.  Chumming with live bait fish over grass flats in 6' to 8' of water near the passes was the most productive technique.

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Good summer fishing on Lido Key!

We have not had much rain and water temperatures are in the high 80's, but the fishing is still very good for anglers fishing Lido Key on the deep grass flats throughout Sarasota Bay.  Speckled trout and magrove snapper were the top catches, with Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, gag grouper, bluefish, and ladyfish also bending rods for anglers on fishing charters.  Live threadfin herring are plentiful and easy to catch and using them as chum to draw in the gamefish was the best approach.  Rains should lower the water temperatures and even improve the fishing.  This action should continue into the earely fall.

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Spanish mackerel showing up off Lido Key

Spanish mackerel showed up recently and are being caught in decent numbers in Sarasota Bay.  The flats surrounding Lido Key are producing a dezen mackerel on average for clients on morning Lido Key fishing charters.  Catching live bait fish and chumming the mackerel up into a frenzy has been the best technique.  Along with the macks, speckled trout, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, jacks, and ladyfish were landed by anglers.  This action should continue through the summer, picking up as the water temperature drops down a bit.

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Hot weather and hot fishing in Sarasota

It has been very warm here on Lido Key in Sarasota Florida this week.  The lack of afternoon rains have resulted in rising water temperatures and hot, steamy weather.  However, the bite has been red hot!  Clients on Lido Key fishing charters are landed a bunch of fish on morning trips, including speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, snapper, grouper, jacks, flounder, and ladyfish.  Chumming with live threadfin herring over grass flats in 6' to 10' of water has been the most productive technique.  Getting out there at first light and being finished by late morning is critical in order to beat the summertime heat.

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Great fishing on Lido Key despite storms

Fishing was excellent in the waters surrounding Lido Key this week!  However, weather was an issue as morning thunderstorms interrupted the action.  Speckled trout were the most plentiful species landed, but clients on Lido Key fishing charters also landed Spanish mackerel, bluefish, mangrove snapper, jack crevelle, gag grouper, ladyfish, and more.  Live bait has been easy to catch and chumming the grass flats in 6' of water has been a deadly technique.

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