Sarasota fishing report

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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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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Snook moving back inshore in Sarasota

Snook are starting to move back inshore after finishing up their annual spawning run out on the area beaches.  These fish are still plentiful in the passes but are slowly spreading out in the mangrove shorelines and flats.  Snook will feed at these locations for several months; it is a great time of year to target them using both live and artificial baits.  Rapala plugs, Bass Assassin jigs, and live shrimp and pilchards will all catch fish.  Outgoing tides early and late in the day as well as at night are the prime times to catch a snook.

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Great snapper fishing in Sarasota!

Mangrove snapper fish has been very good lately.  These tasty saltwater panfish are plentiful around structure in and near both New Pass and Big Sarasota Pass.  Bridges, docks, and rocky shorelines are holding good numbers of fish.  Clients on Sarasota fishing charters also did well on mangrove snapper on the open grass flats.  These fish are schooled up as they prepare to migrate out into the Gulf of Mexico.  Live baitfish and live shrimp are the most effective baits, snapper will take an artificial lure occassionaly.  This action should continue for a month or so until the next full moon.

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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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Lido Key fishing charters produce good action and variety!

Fishing in Sarasota has been very good of late, with clients on fishing charters catching snook, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, ladyfish, bluefish and more in the passes, out on the beach, in Robert's Bay, and on the deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Bass Assassin Sea Shad baits (red/gold shiner) were very effective and accounted for the majority of fish landed. Live shrimp also produced well on sheepshead, ladyfish, mackerel, and snook. Fly anglers did well using Clouser Minnow patterns in Big Pass and out on the beach. Snook were caught under docks in Robert's Bay by clients casting live shrimp.
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Good fishing into the new year on Lido Key

We were fortunate to have fantastic weather here in Sarasota, Florida over the holiday and into 2017, and the fishing was just as good as the weather! Big bluefish were the highlight of most charters, with anglers catching blues to 4 pounds on most trips. Plenty of ladyfish were landed as well, along with some pompano and speckled trout. Bass Assassin baits fooled most of the fish. The grass flats at the south end of Lido Key in Big Sarasota Pass have been the most productive spots. Structure in Big Pass held decent numbers of mangrove snapper and small bluefish for clients on Lido Key fishing charters bottom fishing with shrimp. Our first severe front is moving through this weekend and should prompt the fish to move towards their winter patterns.Sarasota fishing report

Fall fishing action on Lido Key, Sarasota, Florida!

Fishing conditions have been very good of late in Sarasota, Florida. Water temperatures are in the low 70s, the water is clear and winds have been light to moderate, mostly out of the east. Gamefish have been feeding actively in the morning on the grass flats in 6' to 10' of water. Clients on Lido Key fishing charters are landing speckled trout, mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, and ladyfish in good numbers. Bass Assassin jigs accounted for most of the action. Bait is still available, but I am not using it as often as the jig bite has been hot. Fishing in the inshore Gulf of Mexico should fire up any day now as there is a ton of bait. I expect the mackerel and false albacore fishing to be very good this fall.Lido Key fishing

Snook fishing improving on Siesta Key fishing charters

Fall does arrive here in Sarasota on the west coast of Florida, though the changes are subtle. Shorter days and slightly cooler temperatures tripper local and regional migrations of gamefish. Snook move from the beaches and passes into the bays and backwaters to feed up as the proceed towards their winter spots in creeks and canals. Areas that have structure, current flow, and a little depth are prime spots to target these popular gamefish. Both live bait and artificial lures produce for clients going out on fishing charters with me. Pilchards are the top live bait while Rapala plugs are my favorite lure.
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