Lido Key fishing report

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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Excellent fishing on Lido Key!

Recent afternoon showers have resulted in the water temperature dropping down to 83 degrees and the fishing has been very good!  Clients on Lido Key fishing charters landed Spanish mackerel, bluefish, speckled trout, jack crevelle, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, ladyfish and more using both jigs and live bait fish.  The deep grass flats near Lido Key were the best spots.  Along with the drop in water temperature, baitfish are abundant on the flats, and this attacted the gamefish.  An early start was important as it is still quite warm by lunch time.

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Great week of fishing in Sarasota!

The weather finally settled down into the normal summer pattern, and the fish really responded.  The deep grass flats surrounding Lido Key were thick with schools of small baitfish, which in turn attracted the game species.  Clients on Sarasota fishing charters landed speckled trout, bluefish, pompano, jacks, grouper, snapper, flounder, and loads of ladyfish casting jigs and free lining live bait.  I did cast net bait this week as well, and even though it was small, the fish did not care.  Chumming with live bait is a deadly technique in the warmer months.  Also, snook are abundant in both Big Pass to the south and New Pass to the north of Lido Key.  Live bait works best.

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Stable weather results in good fishing on Lido Key, Sarasota, Florida

The weather has been the story this year, with some unusual patterns challenging anglers. Sarasota experienced normal summer patterns over the last week, with light east winds in the morning shifting to an afternoon sea breeze. Grass flats in 6' to 10' of water produced speckled trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, snapper, and ladyfish for clients on Sarasota fishing charters. Bass Assassin jigs in red/gold shiner produced well, as did live shrimp. Fly casters scored on the same species using heavy Clouser patterns in red/gold and chartreuse/white. It looks like we have another week of tough weather coming this week.
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Fishing on Lido Key picking up after storm

We had a late season cold front move through mid week, shutting down fishing for a couple of days. The bite was steady before the weather moved through, with clients on Lido Key fishing charters catching speckled trout to 20", pompano, jacks, snapper, bluefish, flounder, grouper, and ladyfish on both live shrimp and artificial lures. I got back out on Friday to find the water pretty "dirty", which was no surprise after the severe storms. However, fishing was steady in Big Pass on the south side of Lido Key as well as in Robert's Bay and at the Middlegrounds. Speckled trout, jacks gag grouper, mangrove snapper, bluefish, and plenty of ladyfish kept the rods bent.
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