Monday, November 21, 2011
Capt. Jim Klopfer gives Sarasota anglers a report on what's been biting.
Capt. Jim Klopfer reported action in the Gulf of Mexico was fantastic prior to the recent front. "Spanish mackerel were everywhere with false albacore and sharks mixed in," he said. "The bars in both passes have ladyfish and pompano on them. Snook and jacks are beginning to migrate up into the creeks and canals and are hitting Rapala X-Raps." He reported that on Monday morning Sam Green from Portland, Ore. took out his two sons Jacob (14) and Joshua (11) on a six-hour charter. "We started off in Phillippi Creek, where they landed a five-pound jack, several smaller jacks, and some mangrove snapper on live shrimp," Green said. "We moved to Big Pass and caught large ladyfish on gold Cotee Jigs." Next, he said they hit the beach where they …
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Jeff Underwood, Debbie Underwood and friends Dick and Jeannie White caught a mess of redfish on Sarasota Bay with Capt. Terry Frankford.
Anglers: Jeff and Debbie Underwood, Dick and Jeannie White. Fish: Redfish Length: Between 17 and 26 inches in total length Where: Sarasota Bay Bait: Live, hand-picked shrimp Quotable: Capt. Terry Frankford: "It looked a little like chicken for dinner at first – catching small sheepshead, pinfish, grunts, lizardfish, a small red or two with one slot flounder wasn’t going to cut it. We kept hitting spot after spot trying to find some hungry fish and sure enough towards the end of the trip we hit pay dirt." Guide: Capt. Terry Frankford of Reelin & Chillin Charters can be reached at 941-228-7802 or e-mail email@example.com. Submit your catch: Send your fish photos for Catch of the Week to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Capt. Rick Gassett says what should, and has been, biting in and around Sarasota Bay
Capt. Rick Grassett report there has been good action on both shallow and deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay during the past week. Anglers fishing with him on his Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout to four pounds, reds to nine pounds, flounder to three pounds, blues, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead and a pompano on jigs and flies. "The weather turned towards the end of the week as a front pushed through on Friday morning and slowed the action a little," he said. On Saturday, Grassett said the wind wasn’t too bad when John Freeman, from Venice and his daughter Chris Ryan, from Osprey, fished Sarasota Bay with Grassett. "They caught and released trout, …
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Mike Perez of Sarasota takes catch of the week honors with his estimated 2-to-3 pound flounder landed on a fly in Sarasota Bay this week.
Angler: Mike Perez of Sarasota Fish: Flounder Weight: Estimated 2-3 pounds Where: Sarasota Bay sand bar Bait: Weighted fly Quotable: Capt. Rick Grassett -- "We waded and fly fished all day and caught a variety of species including a few quality fish. They caught and released trout to four pounds, a pompano, a sheepshead and a nice flounder on weighted flies." Guide: Capt. Rick Grassett of the Snook Fin-Addict can be reached at 941-923-7799. Submit your catch: Qualify for catch of the week by sending your fish photo to email@example.com
Monday, November 7, 2011
Capt. Jim Klopfer out of Siesta Key reports what's been biting in Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Jim Klopfer reported that fishing started well and improved throughout the week. “Very low tides have speckled trout and Spanish mackerel cruising the edges of grass flats that fall sharply into deeper water,” he said. “Snook, redfish, mangrove snapper, flounder and jack crevelle are being caught along oyster bars and mangrove shorelines on the north end of Siesta Key. Live pilchards and threadfins accounted for most of the fish.” He said longtime client Terry Mark from Olean, N.Y. fished with him on Monday. “We did well on Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds, speckled trout to 17 inchesand ladyfish near the Ringling bridge,” he said. “We ran to the mouth of Phillippi Creek and caught a couple of three-pound jacks.” On Tuesday, Cathy and …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Janine West of Bradenton steals Catch of the Week honors with this gag grouper boated in 100 feet of water offshore.
Angler: Janine West of Bradenton Fish: Gag grouper Weight: Estimated 14 pounds Bait: Live pinfish Where: 100 feet of water offshore of Anna Maria island Conditions: Light seas, missday, blue-bird skies Quotable: Capt. Larry McGuire: "While we are catching grouper I usually have a chum bag/block out attracting the big mack attack drawing in the kings for the flat lines we have deployed behind the boat. That's when it gets crazy with grouper hooked up on the bottom rods and a smoker king sreaming drag on the freeline. It's a beautiful thing" Guide: Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters can be reached at 941-720-6475. Submit your catch: Send your fish photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters gives Sarasota-area anglers the scoop on what's biting nearshore and offshore
Capt. Larry McGuire reported there's some hot fishing off the beaches for kingfish and Spanish mackerel. On his custom 31-foot Morgan sportfish operating out of the Bradenton Beach Marina, McGuire clients are catching limits of gag grouper plus snapper, kingfish and Spanish mackerel, using live and dead baits inside of 60 feet of water depth. "On some days that's as far as normal folks want to travel," McGuire said. "On the days that we have a real strong east wind I recommend fishing along the beaches for the kingfish and the large Spanish mackerel." McGuire said anglers should not be surprised to encounter some sharks, including big bull sharks. "Sounds like a good shark trip to me," McGuire said. Another good backup plan is to fish the …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Capt. Jim Klopfer lets Sarasota-area anglers know what was biting this week during a full moon, including some big speckled trout
Capt. Jim Klopfer reported that full moon action included Spanish mackerel and speckled trout being plentiful on the deep flats near Big Pass, snook and jack crevelle around structure along Siesta Key. "The weatherman blew it on Monday, so I used that time to get some maintenance done," Klopfer said. He reported that on Tuesday Gary Fields from Louisville took his girlfriend Sharon Thornsberry out fishing for speckled trout to 21 inches and Spanish mackerel to three pounds that hit live threadfins on the flats near Otter Key. Also caught were ladyfish, sea bass, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, and catfish. "We finished up landing jack crevelle in Phillippi Creek," he said. On Wednesday morning, Nancy and Carmine Vetrano from Medford, Mass …
Monday, October 10, 2011
Capt. Terry Frankford of Reelin & Chillin Charters gives a Sarasota-area fishing report
Capt. Terry Frankford said water temperatures have dropped to 83 degrees in Sarasota Bay, enough for the fish to get active. "Morning trips aboard the Reelin & Chillin brought trout in north Sarasota Bay using white bait and live shrimp," he said. "If you can get to the mangroves during a high tide reds will hit white bait and live shrimp." Also, he found some nice slot reds just yesterday around docks – casting live shrimp under the dock was a must to hook up. "Some nice sized flounder have been picked up in channels close to New Pass, and jigging live shrimp with a small split shot to get to the bottom worked well," he said. "Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, ladyfish have also been on grass flats hitting the schools of small white bait…
Monday, September 19, 2011
Steve Gibson of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing in Sarasota is hopeful fishing for redfish, trout and snook in Sarasota Bay will improve without a full moon.
SALTWATER SCENE Steve Gibson reported that fishing this week slowed down in Sarasota Bay, likely due to the full moon and a high barometer. So this week he fished the Bishop Harbor area in Manatee County, catching mainly trout to 20 inches and redfish to 22 inches on top-water plugs and jigs. “Every day past the full moon the fishing should get better,” Gibson said. “I’m hoping we get good tides and this weekend things will return to normal.” Gibson said he had been fishing some Stephen’s Point docks for catch-and-release snook. He also reported catching a 27-inch trout Sept. 2 over deep-grass flats in Sarasota Bay using a DOA deadly combination. SOMETHING TO TRY Gibson recommends taking to the flats and targeting redfish. Also look for …