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Good fishing on Lido Key between late-season fronts

February was unseasonably warm with record breaking temperatures, however March has been more unsettled.  Weekly fronts have been moving through, bringing windy and a bit of rain.  In between these fronts, the fishing has been very good.  Clients on Sarasota fishing charters did well casting Bass Assassin jigs over submerged grass beds in 6' to 10' of water.  Speckled trout and ladyfish were numerous with a few bluefish, pompano, and Spanish mackerel mixed in.  Structure such as bridges, rocks, and docks are still holding sheepshead and mangrove snapper and hit live or frozen shrimp fished on the bottom.  A few small snook and redfish hit Rapala X-Raps and shrimp fished around shorelines and structure in Robert's Bay.

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Jacks providing fast fishing action in Sarasota

Recent cold snaps have dropped the water temperature into the upper 50s, resulting in changes of fish behavior.  While the fishing on the flats has slowed, the cold water does push some species, particularly snook and jack crevelle, up into creeks, rivers, and residential canals.  I was out on a Sarasota fishing charter yesterday and ran into a bunch of hard-fighting jack crevelle.  The water up in the canal we were fishing was 68 degrees and the jacks were fiesty and feeding heavily.  #8 Rapala X-Raps in gold fooled jacks up to ten pounds along with small snook.  Jigs will also catch plenty of fish.  These fish will spend their winter up in these areas until it warms up in spring.

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Good bluefish action in Sarasota for holiday clients!

Unseasonably warm weather resulted in gorgeous days out on the water for clients that booked Sarasota fishing charters this week.  Bluefish to 3 pounds were the highlight for anglers casting glow/chartreuse Bass Assassin Sea Shad baits over grass flats in 8' of water.  Speckled trout, sharks, pompano, gag grouper, ladyfish and more kept the rods bent with most of the flats from Marina Jacks to Buttonwood providing steady action.  This type of fishing is great for families and less experienced anglers as the difficulty is low and the odds of success are high!

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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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Cool weather arrives for Lido Key fishing charters

Well, fall has finally arrived here on Lido Key in Sarasota, Florida.  We are settling into our fall fishing patterns as cold fronts move through on a weekly basis.  The water temperature hsas dropped down into the upper 60's and the fish are actively feeding, with wind really being the only issue.  Jigs work well this time of year as they allow anglers on Sarasota fishing charters to cover a lot of water with most trips producing 8 or so different species.  Gulp! Shrimp on a 1/4 ounce jig head work well as do other soft plastic baits.  Hopefully this cool weather will trigger out annual fall run of Spanish mackerel, false albacore, sharks, and more!

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Breezy weather on Sarasota fishing charters this week.

We experienced some breezy conditions lately on Sarasota fishing charters, though it did not keep anglers from having success.  Snook and jack crevelle hit pilchards in Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass.  Pompano, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, cobia, grouper, snapper, ladyfish, and more hit Bass Assassin jigs and live bait on the deeper grass flats.  Lido Key is surrounded on the east side by lush grass flats which hold bait and then in turn attracts the gamefish.  Our first severe cold front is approaching, hopefully that will kick off our fall beach fishing.

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Fishing remains steady in Sarasota, though it is still quite warm.

Clients on fishing charters experienced good action on grass flats in 6' to 10' of water, catching Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, speckled trout, grouper, snapper, jack crevelle, sharks, and ladyfish.  Summer has been hanging on in Sarasota, despite what the calendar states  Live pilchards and shrimp worked well, as did Bass Assassin Sea Shad baits on a 1/4 ounce jig head.  Tropical Storm Nate brought breezy conditions and a huge tide, and the best bite was on the beginning of the tide change.  Snook are still in the passes, but are starting to spread out onto the backcountry flats.  A good cold front should get the inshore Gulf bite going.

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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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Good Fishing on Lido Key after Irma

Hurricane Irma swept through Florida, bringing strong winds and dumping a bunch of rain on us.  The water is still pretty low in salinity, but bait is plentiful and the fish are biting!  Snook are scattered out from the beaches to the inshore mangrove shorelines.  Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, snapper, grouper, and more were landed recently by clients on Sarasota fishing charters.  The best bite is early as it still is getting quite warm by noon.  Live pilchards work well, but artificial lures such as Rapala X-Raps and Bass Assassin jigs caught fish as well.

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Action in Sarasota resumes after tropical weather passes

Fishing in Sarasota and Lido Key picked up towards the end of the week.  We experienced a lot of rain and some wind as a tropical wave moved through the area.  That resulted in a lot of fresh water along with stirred up water mixing in Sarasota Bay.  The key to catching fish under these conditions is to find the cleanest water possible, which in this case was up near Buttonwood Harbor.  Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, bluefish, jacks, snapper, grouper, sharks, ladyfish and even a tarpon were hooked by clients casting jigs, flies, and using live bait.  The action should continue to get even better as water quality improves.

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