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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit your catch: Send your fish photos for Catch of the Week to email@example.com.
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, …
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, November 6, 2011
Jerry Roth of Longwood takes Catch of the Week honors with his five-pound bluefish landed while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett
Angler: Jerry Roth, from Longwood Fish: Bluefish Weight: Five pounds Lure: Top water plug Where: Two feet of water in Sarasota Bay Quotable: Capt. Rick Grasett: “He caught and released several 2 ½ to 3-pound trout and a red on CAL jigs with grubs. His best fish that day was the 5-pound blue caught on a top water plug in 2 feet of water. What an explosion!” Guide: Capt. Rick Grassett of the Snook Fin-Addict guide service can be reached at 941-923-7799. Submit your catch: Send your fish photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Capt. Rick Grassett gives Sarasota-area anglers a forecast of what should be biting in local waters. Look for this week’s tides to possibly be good for fishing both deep and shallow flats of Sarasota Bay during this new moon.
Capt. Rick Grassett reported that action in the coastal Gulf shut down due to dirty and rough waters following last week’s wind and rain. “However Sarasota Bay action turned on after conditions settled, particularly in shallow water,” he said. “Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel and redfish on lures and flies during the past week.” He said John Evans, from the UK, fished Sarasota Bay on Monday. “It was breezy and the action wasn’t fast, but he caught and released trout on louser flies along the east side of the bay and near Long Bar,” Grassett said. “We had windy and rainy conditions on Tuesday and …
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 …
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Minnesota resident Dave Mancomber takes on some of the best sport fishing action anglers can attempt: fly-fishing for false albacore
Angler: Dave Macomber of Minn. Fish: False albacore Fly: Grassett Snook Minnow Fly Where: Coastal Gulf waters Conditions: Outgoing tide, morning Quotable: They had a good day on Friday catching and releasing six or sevenalbies to 8 ½ poundsin the coastal gulf off Sarasota on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We snook fished in the ICW near Venice before dawn on Saturday morning where they caught and released four or fivesnook on the same fly. We fished the coastal gulf out of Venice after dawn and found Spanish mackerel, but no albies. We came upon an awesome scene as Spanish mackerel crashed a bait ball and 25 or 30 sharks cruised the bait ball with dorsal fins out of the water eating mackerel!" Guide:Capt. Rick Grassett of the Snook Fin-…
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…