Pompano showing up on Sarasota fishing charters

I have another good Sarasota fishing report this week.  Fall seems like it is finally arriving as the there was quite a bit of surface activity from schools of feeding fish.  Bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish hit Bass Assassin jigs and Rapala plugs cast over submerged grass beds in Sarasota Bay on Sarasota fishing charters.  The jigs worked well in deeper water while plugs produced on the shallower flats.  Speckled trout and mackerel were also landed.  But, the big news was that pompano were landed on every charter, a most welcome addition to the daily catches.  This action should continue for several months until it gets cold.

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Weather still hot; so is the fishing!

Unseasonably warm weather persists even though the calendar says that it is autumn.  Temperatures are still in the low 90s with water temps 86 at the end of the week.  The bite on the deep grass flats remained the best bet for anglers on Sarasota fishing charters thay were seeking action and variety.  Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and other species kept the rods bent.  Jigs and live bait were both productive.  Jigs work best when there is a little wind present to keep the boat moving.  Snook are still in the passes and starting to migrate into the bays.  Spanish mackerel schools were spotted off of Pt. of Rocks on Siesta Key, a good cold front should really kick off that fishing.

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Fast fishing in Sarasota after Irma

Action in Sarasota Bay has been fast and furious of late, despite Hurricane Irma dumping a bunch of fresh water in the estuary.  Bait fish are plentiful on most of the edges of flats and there has been quite a bit of surface action as gamefish tear up the helpless bait.  The Middlegrounds, Stephen's Pt., and Buttonwood were all productive.  Snook are moving back through the passes and into the bays.  Most of the fish are "schoolies" in the 18"-24" range, and they are scattered out a bit.  There were also some breaking fish at the mouth of both passes on the outgoing tide.  Speckled trout, bluefish, snook, redfish, jacks, grouper, snapper, big sailcats, and ladyfish were landed by anglers on Sarasota fishing charters this week.

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Fishing remains good in Sarasota!

Fishing was good once again this week in Sarasota.  Water temperatures dropped a few degrees down to the lower-mid 80s and baitfish are still abundant on the flats.  Clients on fishing charters in Sarasota landed snook, speckled trout to 5 pounds, bluefish to 4 pounds, Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds, mangrove snapper, jack crevelle, gag grouper, and ladyfish.  Chumming grass flats in 6' of water produced well at the Radio Tower, Middlegrounds, and Marina Jack flats.  Snook and jack crevelle were found along mangrove shorelines near the passes and hit live bait and shallow diving plugs.

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Good fishing action despite heat

It has been a very warm summer here in Sarasota, Florida.  Water temperatures are in the upper 80s and even reaching 90 at times.  Despite that, the fishing has been good on the grass flats in 6' to 10' of water, particularly those near the passes.  Live baitfish were abundant and it was easy to load up the well with pilchards and threadfins.  Chumming with the live bait brought speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, jacks, grouper, small sharks, and ladyfish up behind the boat for anglers fishing in Sarasota.  It has been an early bite, so being out there at first light was the best approach, by 11:00 a.m. it was too hot to fish.

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Decent action coming off the full moon

Clients on fishing charters did well once again this week chumming with live bait over the deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay.  The water temperature climbed up into the upper 80s and we came off the full moon, but the bite was still fairly steady.  My Sarasota fishing report has mangrove snapper and Spanish mackerel as the top catches, along with speckled trout, jacks, grouper, sharks, ladyfish, and more.  This has been a morning bite as "feels like" temps hit the mid 100's by early afternoon.  This week tides are better and afternoon storms should lower water temperatures and the fishing should get even better!

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Good fishing after Tropical Storm Erin

Sunday and Monday were windy and stormy, however Erin was a fast-moving system and by Tuesday conditions were good.  Catching live bait fish and chumming with them over the deep grass flats was the most productive technique.  Speckled trout and mangrove snapper were the most numerous species caught by clients this week.  My Sarasota fishing report also included bluefish, jacks, gag grouper, and ladyfish.  This action should continue throughout August.  It has been hot, so getting out there early and finishing up by 11:00 or so has been the best bet.

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Great summertime fishing in Sarasota!

It was very warm this week, but the fishing was outstanding!  The flats near both of the passes were covered up with schools of baitfish which attracted the larger predators.  Spreckled trout and Spanish mackerel were particularly numerous, with jacks, bluefish, grouper, snapper, flounder, and ladyfish also being landed on Sarasota fishing charters.  Catching a well full of live bait, threadfin herring being abundant of late, and chumming with them over the deep grass flats was the most productive technique.

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Great Summer fishing in Sarasota

Fishing was very good once again this week, though it was quite warm towards the end of the week.  The pattern for clients on Sarasota fishing charters has been to get out early and cast Bass Assassin jigs while drifting flats in 6' to 8' of water.  There were schools of "breaking" fish most morning, which made for exciting fishing!  When the bite on jigs slowed later in the morning, I changed gears, caught bait (which is EVERYWHERE, though on the small side), and chummed the gamefish into a feeding mood.  Speckled trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, and a lot of ladyfish were landed by happy clients.  Snook fishing is also good in both passes and out on the beach, though this is something that requires the right type and number of anglers as well as the right conditions.

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Hot bite in Sarasota late in the week!

Fishing was tough early this week due to unsettled weather from Tropical Storm Cindy, though it did improve a bit later in the week.  A heavy surf resulted in muddy water in the Gulf, which then worked into the bays.  The key in that situation was to find "clean" water.  We also had steady winds out of the southeast at 15 to 20 knots early in the week, further complicating things.  Persistent clients landed speckled trout to 20", bluefish, jack crevelle, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, and ladyfish.  Most of the fish were caught using live shrimp though a few hit jigs.  The Middlegrounds and Buttonwood were the best spots for me this week, that is my Sarasota fishing report.

By Saturday the wind let up and water had cleared and the bite was hot for Kim and Ryan Brower from Melbourne, FL and Beth Reis.  The action was virtually non-stop as every shrimp that hit the water got devoured.  After a frantic hour and a half, the gang tallied around 40 fish, including speckled trout to 17", gag grouper to 21", mangrove snapper to 14", ladyfish, and more!

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