Spanish mackerel

Sarasota fishing action improves on the deep grass flats

Unseasonably warm weather has resulted in water temperatures hitting 70 degrees in Sarasota Bay.  The result has been a hot bite for clients on Lido Key fishing charters of late.  Speckled trout and ladyfish were plentiful, with Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, and other species mixed in.  Bass Assassin jigs and Gulp Shrimp produced most of the fish, though live shrimp also caught a few.  The sheepshead bite seems to be improving as well, with thses tasty saltwater panfish being caught on the inshore artificial reefs off of Lido Key as well as any structure in and near the passes.

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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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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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