Winter fishing techniques produce in Sarasota.

Here is my latest Sarasota fishing report.  Several strong cold fronts have moved through since the holiday, resulting in fishing easing into normal winter patterns.  The deep grass flats are often not quite as productive due to colder, stirred up water.  Bottom fishing with shrimp was productive for sheepshead, snapper, and grouper; these species are less affected by the colder water temperatures.  Snook and jack crevelle migrated up into area creeks, rivers and canals and clients casting jigs and plugs did well.  I ran a couple of fishing charters in the Manatee River, having a very good afternoon on Thursday, prior to the front moving through.  A dozen snook hit Rapala X-Raps along with several bass, redfish, and snapper.  This "river" action should continue until it warms upin the spring.

Sarasota fishing report