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Snapper and trout top the list

Snapper and trout were the highlights of Sarasota fishing report this week.

Snapper and trout top the list of species landed by clients this week.  My Sarasota fishing report features those species along with many others that hit live and artificial baits in Sarasota Bay.


Anglers did well on Sarasota fishing charters of late.  Speckled trout and mangrove snapper were the top catches.  Spanish mackerel, bluefish, flounder, sea bass, grouper, ladyfish, jacks, catfish, and were were also landed.  Gulp Shrimp on a jig head and live bait fish were equally effective.  The flats new New Pass were the top spots.  Radio Tower, Middlegrounds, and Bishop's Pt were all very productive.


As has been the case, the nost productive pattern on my charters has been to start off casting jigs at first light.  Either Bass Assassin Sea Shad baits and Gulp Shrimp on a 1/4 jig head worked well in six feet to ten feet of water over submerged grass.  On several morning the jig bite stayed strong.  On other mornings, or with young kids, a switch to live bait mid morning worked well.  Pilchards and threadfin herring were small, but just large enough for bay fishing.


Chumming the deep flats with live baitfish is a deadly technique in summer.  Bait fish are usually plentiful and easy to catch.  The smaller bait is actually advantageous.  More bait fish can fit in the well and the smaller chum gets the fish excited without filling them up.  Snapper and trout are attracted to the line of chum.  Catching them on a hooked bait is pretty easy after that.


I spent one morning trying for snook on the flats and docks in New Pass.  A topwater plug fooled one snook.  Live shrimp free lined under docks produced another.  It was quite breezy with storms, so we called it an early morning and went in.

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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

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.

Sarasota redfish

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.

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