Fair fishing on Siesta Key; conditions were challenging

My Sarasota fishing report is fair at best as conditions have not been the best of late.  For some reason, the water in Sarasota Bay remained murky and a kind of brown color.  I am not sure if it was due to the persistent wind, or perhaps the rain, but the stained water makes the fishing a bit tough.  Still, persistent anglers caught speckled trout to 21", snook, ladyfish, jacks, gag grouper, snapper, ladyfish, catfish, and a small cobia this week.  Gulp Shrimp and Bass Assassin jigs fooled most of the fish while free lined live shrimp also accounted for fish.  The flats in the middle of the bay were best, with Bishop's Pt. being the top spot.  Docks in New Pass hels snook while bridges produced mangrove snapper, jacks, and a small cobia on live shrimp.  I am hoping the water clears up and the baitfish show up; that will really crank up the summer fishing.

Sarasota fishing report

Weather is an issue for anglers in Sarasota

Mother Nature has made fishing in Sarasota a bit challeging of late.  It has been breezy with som rain and with Tropical Storm Alberto bearing down, we can expect more of the same for several days.  Also, I was on vacation for a week or so, did some bass fishin in Indiana.  In between the weather, clients landed speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, and more on the deep grass flats using jigs and live shrimp.  Rapala plugs and live hand-picked shrimp fooled snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, and jack crevelle along mangrove shorelines and under docks in Robert's Bay.  Tarpon are showing up, but the wind is hindering the fishing.

Sarasota fishing report

Good fishing in Sarasota for speckled trout, redfish, and more!

Fishing was good this week, with anglers catching a variety of species using several different techniques. The deep grass flats continue to be the most reliable pattern. Speckled trout were plentiful on flats in 6' to 8' of water for clients fishing lIdo Key, Radio Tower, and Stephen's Pt. Wind was an issue, forcing us to look for a little break and fish the east side of the bay and the flats behind Bird Key. Live shrimp and jigs with Gulp Shrimp and Bass Assassin baits did well. Spanish mackerel,bluefish, gag grouper, and ladyfish were also landed.

Big Sarasota Pass runs between Siesta Key and Lido Key and has been providing anglers on Sarasota fishing charters with steady action. Ladyfish, mackerel, pompano, and catfish hit small chartreuse jigs and live shrimp. Drifting with the tide worked best.

Docks in Robert's Bay along Siesta Key are holding redfish, snook, snapper, and sheepshead. It is a bit late in the season, but there are still sheepshead around. Live shrimp fished with a split shat was the best technique. It is encouraging to see redfish starting to show up again after being scarce the last couple of years.

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Speckled trout pleasing anglers in Sarasota!

The trout bite continues to be very good on grass flats in 5' to 8' of water in Sarasota Bay and is the highlight of my Sarasota fishing report.  Bass Assassin jigs and live shrimp did well at Middlegrounds, Bird Key flats, and Stephen's Pt.  Speckled trout to 23" with quite a few nice ones in the 16" to 20" range were caught by clients.  Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, grouper, and sailcats were mixed in.  Ladyfish and mackerel hit jigs and shrimp in Big Pass and sheepshead and gag grouper took live shrimp at the Ringling Bridge.

Sarasota fishing report

VERY good fishing for clients over Spring Break!

I fished Sunday through Friday this week, all with repeat clients, which is normal for holiday weeks.  Action was VERY good for anglers on Sarasota fishing charters, both in Big Sarasota Pass and on the deep grass flats.  The Middlegrounds was the top spot, yielding pompano, Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, silver trout, bluefish, flounder, ladyfish and more on Gulp and Bass Assassin baits.  Tuesday morning was glassy-calm, so we took a look out in the Gulf Of Mexico and found sone Spanish mackerel using Rapala plugs near the artificial reefs and the mouth of New Pass.  I fished for sheepshead and other bottom fish around structure in Big Pass four mornings, and the bite was hot on three of them.  Sheepshead, mangrove snapper, Key West grunts and gag grouper kept the rods bent and customers happy!  Frozen shrimp on the bottom produced the fish.

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Good fishing over the Easter holiday in Sarasota!

If you are a fishing guide in Sarasota and it is a holiday week, that means families and kids, and this week was no exception.  Clients had to deal with a bit of wind, especially on Tuesday, but the action on the deep grass flats was very good.  The Middlegrounds, Stephen's Pt, and Marina Jack flats all produced good numbers of speckled trout and ladyfish, with a few bluefish, gag grouper, big sailcats, and pompano mixed in.  Bass Assassin Sea Shad baits and Gulp Shrimp caught all of the fish.  It is not difficult to teach a young angler to catch fish with a jig!  We did a bit of bottom fishing in Big Pass and caught a few sheepshead and snapper.  A trip up into Phillippi Creek on the breezy Tuesday produced jacks and small snook using Rapala X-Raps.

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Good fishing in Sarasota before and after front

Fishing was outstanding this week….before and after the front!  I ran two trips on Monday, and the bite was on, as it usually is before a big weather change.  Sheepshead, snapper, and grouper hit shrimp in Big Pass and Bass Assassin jigs and live shrimp produced speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, and a shark at Bishop's Pt. and Middlegrounds.

 

The front shut things down for several days.  I am at the point in my guiding career where I really just want to fish when it is pretty nice out, and most of my clients are on board with that philosophy.  I ran out to Jiggs Landing on Friday afternoon for a couple of hours, just to get out of the house.  I did not expect much with the high pressure, but caught a couple of bass on a Rapala and a worm, along with seeing birds, gators, turtles, and otters.

 

The bite resumed for clients on fishing charters on Saturday.  Murky water did not deter the fish as they were in an actively feeding mood.  Jigs produced a lot of trout and ladyfish at the Middlegrounds and Radio Tower.

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Decent fishing for persistent clients on Siesta Key!

Weather was once again a factor this week as a pretty strong front moved through early in the week, impacting my Sarasota fishing report.  The bite was strong on Sunday as we drifted the flats casting Bass Assassin jigs and catching a bunch of fish.  Monday and Tuesday were nasty, and it was still breezy Wednesday but got better each day after that.  Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, and ladyfish hit jigs and free lined shrimp on the deeper flats.  The areas north of New Pass had cleaner water and those spots were more productive., with Bishop's Pt. and Stephen's Pt. being best for me.  I ran across a bucket while up on plane and saw a tripletail under it.  A live shrimp cast toward it was instantly devoured!  The passes and nearby docks are loaded up with sheepshead, if you want a few for dinner, fine, but please don't keep too many as they are easy to catch while schooled up to spawn.  Redfish and snook hit live shrimp under docks south of Phillippi Creek.

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Steady fishing on the Sarasota flats around cold front.

Mother Nature had an impact this week as a fairly strong front moved through mid-week.  Clients on fishing charters experienced fast action on Monday and Tuesday as the front approached.  Speckled trout and ladyfish were plentiful at Marina Jacks and Marker #5 and hit Bass Assassin Sea Shad baits.  Sheepshead, mangrove snapper, Key West grunts, and gag grouper hit shrimp in Big Pass.  Docks in Robert's Bay held snook and grouper.  I got back out on Friday afternoon as the winds subsided, and expected to find the water churned up.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the water fairly clear, considering.  Middlegrounds and Bishop's Pt were the top spots with anglers landing pompano, speckled trout, grouper, ladyfish, a blacktip shark, and a small cobia casting Gulp Shrimp on a jig head.

Sarasota fishing report

Steady fishing, with a lot of variety, in Sarasota this week

Fishing was good this week, though on most trips we did have to work a bit for them.  I would characterize the bite as "steady" this week for clients on Sarasota fishing charters.  We did a pretty even mix of drifting the flats and bottom fishing.  Bass Assassin jigs and Gulp Shrimp produced decent bluefish, speckled trout to 21", and plenty of ladyfish at the Middlegrounds, Bishop's Pt., and Buttonwood.  Rocks in Big Pass and docks near Bird Key and Siesta Key were quite productive, pleasing anglers with nice sheepshead, redfish, snook, mangrove snapper, flounder, and gag grouper.  Live and fresh dead shrimp fished on the bottom fooled them.  Strong current prohibited fishing the pass later in the week, but tides are more favorable this upcoming week.

Sarasota fishing report