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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Weather and fishing falling into summer patterns

The weather has finally settled into the normal summer pattern of east winds early then thunderstorms in the afternoon.  Action was steady throughout the area.  Structure in both passes held snook and snapper while ladyfish were plentiful in the middle of Big Pass.  Grass flats near both passes produced speckled trout to 22", gag grouper, mangrove snapper, bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish.  The key was finding flats with bait peppered up on the surface.  Bass Assassin jigs, Rapala X-Raps, and live shrimp all produced for clients on Sarasota fishing charters this week.

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Decent fishing in Sarasota after tropical weather moved through

Mother Nature threw us a curve ball this week as a tropical system moved through the area, bringing rain and wind and shutting things down for several days.  I was able to get out on Friday and Saturday, and as is the case after a storm, the key was to move around and find clean water and feeding fish.  Clients on Sarasota fishing charters did well both days.  It took a bit of prospecting, but on Friday we found a good trout bite near Selby Gardens along with a bluefish, mangrove snapper, and some ladyfish using jigs and live shrimp.  The bite was better Saturday as the water cleared a bit.  Clients landed 11 different species free lining live shrimp, including trout, snapper, grouper, jack crevelle, a 20 lb bonnett head shark, ladyfish and more in Big Sarasota Pass and the surrounding flats.  Conditions should improve as the water clears and we get off the full moon.

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Good fishing action in Sarasota for spin and fly anglers!

Fishing was good this week on the grass flats this week, with Middlegrounds being the top spot.  Marker #5 and Buttonwood also produced as well.  Speckled trout to 19", Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds, pompano, bluefish, jack crevelle, mangrove snapper, and ladyfish were landed by clients on Sarasota fishing charters this week.  Spin anglers did well using Bass Assassin jigs and live shrimp.  I had a couple of fly fishermen and they both had success with Clouser Minnow patters on sinking lines.  Big Sarasota Pass was full of ladyfish, providing some fun action fishing.  Christina Potter had a big surprise as a 100 lb tarpon ate a ladyfish right at the boat!

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Strong storm disrupts fishing in Sarasota, but action rebounds.

The weather has been strange in 2017, and this week was no exception.  A very strong front moved through on Tuesday afternoon, shutting things down for a couple of days.  The bite was good on Monday and Tuesday morning, though it was quite breezy on Tuesday.  I got back out on Friday to find the water pretty dirty, no surprise, but despite that action was decent.  There are still a lot of ladyfish in Big Pass and they hit both jigs and live shrimp.  The deep grass at the Middlegrounds, Marker #5, and Bishop's Pt. produced speckled trout to 20", bluefish to 3 pounds, jack crevelle, and plenty of ladyfish.  Grass edges that dropped off into deeper water along Siesta Key produced mangrove snapper to 12", flounder, trout to 18", pompano, and ladyfish on shallow diving plugs and live shrimp.  That is my current Sarasota fishing report.

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Steady fishing in Sarasota, though wind continued to be an issue

Fishing in Sarasota was decent this week for anglers on fishing charters with me in Big Pass, Robert's Bay, and Sarasota Bay.  The first-light bite continued to be productive for clients casting small shallow diving plugs around schools of glass minnows.  Snook, snapper, speckled trout, jacks, ladyfish, and sennet were landed first thing in the morning.  Big Sarasota Pass povided good action on ladyfish, jigs bounced along the bottom worked best.  The grass flats at the middlegrounds, Buttonwood, and Marina Jacks were good for speckled trout and ladyfish.  Live shrimp and Bass Assassin jigs both produced well.

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