Winter fishing techniques produce in Sarasota.

Here is my latest Sarasota fishing report.  Several strong cold fronts have moved through since the holiday, resulting in fishing easing into normal winter patterns.  The deep grass flats are often not quite as productive due to colder, stirred up water.  Bottom fishing with shrimp was productive for sheepshead, snapper, and grouper; these species are less affected by the colder water temperatures.  Snook and jack crevelle migrated up into area creeks, rivers and canals and clients casting jigs and plugs did well.  I ran a couple of fishing charters in the Manatee River, having a very good afternoon on Thursday, prior to the front moving through.  A dozen snook hit Rapala X-Raps along with several bass, redfish, and snapper.  This "river" action should continue until it warms upin the spring.

Sarasota fishing report


Fast fishing over Christmas holiday in Sarasota!

Many of my clients that go out on Sarasota fishing charters over holidays such as Christmas and Easter include families with children and also novice anglers.  My goal on these types of trips is pretty simple; action!  Any fish that bends the rod is a good fish.  Drifting the deep grass flats and passes is generally the best approach and this week was no different.  Warm, sunny weather and light breezes made for ideal conditions and the fish responded.  Speckled trout, pompano, cbia, sharks, bluefish, gag grouper, sailcats, jacks, and a bunch of ladyfish provided fast action in Big Pass, Marina Jacks, and the Middlegrounds.  All but a few of the fish were caught using Bass Assassin jigs and Gulp! Shrimp.  This will be my last Sarasota fishing report for 2017 and I want to thank all of my clients for a great year!

Sarasota fishing report

Good fishing in Sarasota over the holiday!

Fishing this time of year is generally about action as most of my clients are families and fairly casual anglers.  The weather was fantastic and that translated into fishing the deep grass flats and passes, focusing on action and variety.  Clients going out on Sarasota fishing charters hooked speckled trout, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, gag grouper, sharks, and more casting 1/4 ounce Bass Assassin jigs in glow/chartreuse in Big Sarasota Pass, and just about every flat from the pass north to Long Bar on the west side of Sarasota Bay produced steady action.  We also did a little casting and trolling small Rapal X-Raps in area creeks and canals, catching speckled trout to 18", snook, and jacks.  A short river trip produced snook, redfish, jacks, and ladyfish using BX Minnow plugs.

Sarasota fishing report


Cool weather sparks river fishing in Sarasota

Recent cold front that have moved through the area resulted in water temperatures dropping into the low to mid 60's.  The should result in snook and other species moving up into the rivers, creeks, and canals.  It was breezy all week as well and rivers offer protection from the wind.  My Sarasota fishing report is all about the rivers.  I fished the Manatee and Braden Rivers three times this week, and while it was not easy, persistent anglers hooked snook, jacks, redfish, and largemouth bass casting Rapala X-Raps.  This action should continue until spring as long as it does not get too warm.

Sarasota fishing report

Hot fishing before cold weather in Sarasota, Florida

It is cool and breezy with some rain as I sit here writing my Sarasota fishing report this week.  Prior to the front bluefish and ladyfish were schooled up in large numbers at the middlegrounds, with a some speckled trout and pompano mixed in.  Bass Assassin jigs caught them.  Big Sarasota Pass had a lot of ladyfish as well with some jack crevelle and bluefish working bait on the surface.  This action should resume once the front clears through.  Jack crevelle continue to provide great light tackle spin and fly action in the area rivers and this cold snap should get the snook moving up.

Sarasota fishing report

Fantastic false albacore fishing continues in Sarasota!

Action was excellent once again this week for clients on Sarasota fishing charters with the highlight being the continued fantastic false albacore bite in the inshore Gulf of Mexico.  Albies fed aggressively on the surface all along the beaches, particularly near the passes and off of Pt. of Rocks and hot Bass Assassin jigs, plugs, spoons, and flies.  A few small Spanish mackerel were mixed in and we even saw a pod of tarpon!  This is great sport on light tackle and may continue for several more weeks, weather pernitting.


Inshore, action was very good as schools of large bluefish (4 pounds is a nice one here) and ladyfish were encountered on the deeper grass flats at Marina Jacks and Middlegrounds, with quite a few speckled trout mixed in.  Structure in Big Pass held grouper, snapper, grunts, and more and were caught using frozen shrimp. 


River fishing charters produced plenty of hard-fighting jack crevelle, though a trip on Saturday was slow.  Upcoming cooler weather should get fish moving.

Sarasota fishing report


Great action on a variety of species in Sarasota!

Anglers did well this week on Sarasota fishing charters on a variety of species in both Sarasota Bay and in area rivers.  Sarasota resident Bill Kish and I hit the Manatee River and encountered some BIG jack crevelle that hit diving plugs with reckless abandon.  In Sarasota Bay, ladyfish were plentiful with speckled trout, pompano, gag grouper, bluefish, jacks, and tons of ladyfish hitting Bass assassin jigs while drifting Big Pass, New Pass, and the nearby flats at Marina Jacks and Middlegrounds.

Sarasota fishing report


False albacore hitting off of Siesta Key

I was on vacation in Nags Head last week, so no report, though I did do a little surf fishing.  Yes, we guides DO fish on our vacations!  I arrived back home in Sarasota to find breezy conditions early in the wek, improving by the weekend.  Both passes were full of ladyfish with a few jacks, bluefish, and mackerel mixed in.  Grass flats at the Middlegrounds and Marina Jacks produced trout, jacks, and loads of ladyfish; most of the fish were caught on Bass Assassin jigs, while a fly angler scored using Clouser Minnow patterns.  I ran a couple of Sarasota fishing charters in the inshore Gulf on Mexico Friday and Saturday, finding most of the fish off of Pt. of Rocks on Siesta Key.  There were tons of Spanish mackerel and jacks, though most were small.  False albacore were a bit fussy, but persistent, patiend anglers scored using Jigs and Rapala X-Raps.

Siesta Key fishing charter


Sarasota fishing report; great fall action!

Angling opportunities are plentiful this time of year and my weekly Sarasota fishing report reflects that.  Anglers caught many different species using multiple techniques in a variety of locations.  Speckled trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel jack crevelle, bluefish, grouper, ladyfish, and more hit Bass Assassin jigs on the deep grass flats at the Middlegrounds and Country Club Shores.  Ladyfish were thick on the bars in both Big Pass and New Pass and hit jigs and plugs.  False albacore and Spanish mackerel were schooled up in the inshore Gulf of Mexico and hit Rapala X-Raps and Bass Assassin jigs.  Finally, I am starting to run my river fishing charters, with clients landing snook, bass, and jacks in the Manatee River.

Sarasota fishing report

Steady action on Sarasota fishing charters this week

Despite some breezy conditions, fishing the deep grass flats at the Middlegrounds, Radio Tower, and Marina Jack flat was steady this week.  Clients on Sarasota fishing charters caught cobia, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, jack crevelle, ladyfish, and more.  Gulp! Shrimp on a 1/4 ounce jig head fooled most of the fish, though a few hit free-lined shrimp as well.  We are settling into out fall pattern as weekly fronts are moving through the area.  Snook will be moving into the back country and I will be using artificial baits and live shrimp as the baitfish will be moving on.  This is my weekly Sarasota fishing report.

Sarasota fishing charters