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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

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.

Siesta Key fishing charters

Fast fishing in Sarasota this week!

I ran a variety of diverse Sarasota fishing charters again this week.  I had 4 trips in Sarasota Bay, with spin and fly anglers catching Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, bluefish, ladyfish and more.  Spin anglers did well with Bass Assassin Sea Shad baits in glow/charteuse and New Penny along with Gulp! Shrimp.  Fly casters fooled the same species using Clouser Minnow patterns.  One day chartreuse/white worked well and on another trip a brighter red/yellow fly was more productive.  Pretty much every grass flat in 6' to 10' of water held fish; Marina Jacks, Radio Tower, Middlegrounds (probably the top spot), Bishop's Pt., and Buttonwood all kept clients busy.

 

It looks like the sheepshead have moved into the passes and bays in large numbers.  A charter towards the end of the week was extremely productive!  Just about every shrimp that hit the bottom was inhaled by a sheepshead, snapper, or grouper.  Submerged structure in both Big Pass and New Pass are holding a lot of fish, as are docks and bridges around Bird Key, Lido Key, and Siesta Key. 

 

River fishing has slowed down, most likely due to the water temperature hitting nearly 80 degrees.  A trip to the Myakka was very slow while another to the Manatee River produced a few small snook and a decent redfish.

Sarasota fishing report

Sarasota flats fishing improving as it warms up.

I have a positive fishing report for Sarasota ths week!  Action on the deep grass flats improved significantly this week as water temperatures hit 70 degrees by the afternoon.  Speckled trout fishing was particularly good, with many fish being caught by clients casting Gulp! Shrimp on a 1/4 ounce jig head.  The flats in the middle of Sarasota Bay near Stephen's Pt and Buttonwood were the best spots.  Along with trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, grouper, and ladyfish were landed.  Sheepshead were caught by anglers fishing shrimp near docks and structure in Big Pass.  Snook and jack crevelle are still up in creeks and canals and are hit Rapala plugs and Gulp! jerk baits.

Sarasota fishing report