Winter fishing patterns producing in Sarasota

Water temperature fluctuated between the upper 50's and low 60's this week as cold fronts continue to move through, and that is the primary factor for my weekly fishing report.  Action on the deeper grass flats was slow, with just a few ladyfish and trout being landed.  Bottom fishing around rocky structure and under docks with live and frozen shrimp was more productive.  Big Pass and the docks along Bird Key were the best spots as clients landed sheepshead, gag grouper, and snapper, nothing very large, but steady action.  The best bite for clients on fishing charters this week was the back end of creeks and canals.  The water was significantly warmer and we ran into schools of aggressive jack crevelle that hit Rapala plugs with gusto.  A few snook were fooled as well.  One trip to the Manatee River resulted in fair action, with a few snook and jacks hooked.

Sarasota fishing report