Sarasota Bay

Big speckled trout for young Lido Key angler

6 year old Kellan Harwick from CT had a memorable morning on a Lido Key fishing charter recently.  It was a bit breezy and we were drifting the deep grass just east of Lido Key in Sarasota Bay when he hooked something large.  We had been steadily catching trout, ladyfish, mackerel, and grouper, but this was a bit different.  After a brief struggle, the gator trout came to the boat, was netted and held up for a quick photo before being released.  Speckled trout fishing has been very good this year so far, and should continue as the big bait schools start showing up on the flats.

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Fishing remains good on Lido Key, Sarasota Florida

Clients on Sarasota fishing charters caught quite a few different species casting Bass Assassin jigs on the deeo grass flats in Sarasota Bay as well as in both Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass over the last week.  Pompano, bluefish, speckled trout, gag grouper, and loads of ladyfish were among the species landed.  Ladyfish were thick at the mouth of the passes and false albacore are still schooling up on the beaches from Longboat Key to Siesta Key.  I also ran a trip out to the Braden River and found a bunch of hard-fighting jack crevelle, several of which were close to te pounds!

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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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