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Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Jim Thompson and his son, Wil both excellent fly casters and fishermen, enjoyed a non stop morning of catching in Sarasota Bay. Jim came to Sarasota from TN to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family.

While fishing Jim and Wil used my Orvis 7 and 8 weight Helios fly rods, and we mostly fished sink tip fly lines. Clouser deep minnows flies and Puglisi bait fish patterns got the job done. They were taken by numerous sea trout. I didn’t count them but very conservatively I’d say they caught fifty plus trout.

Most were under legal size but they caught several that would have been legal to keep. All the fish were released, I’m not in the fish killing business. Now that the water temperatures have cooled I’m seeing more and better size fish in the bay.

Jim and Wil also caught small gag grouper, some ladyfish, and a world record blizzard fish (LOL). Jim did have a fish get him into the backing before the hook pulled. Maybe a big mackerel or cobia? We’ll never know. That’s how they get big.

This time of year it’s very pleasant to be out on the water, even on days like this when the fish can be very, cantankerous indeed.

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


Jim Thompson and his son, Wil both excellent fly casters and fishermen, enjoyed a non stop morning of catching in Sarasota Bay. Jim came to Sarasota from TN to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family.

While fishing Jim and Wil used my Orvis 7 and 8 weight Helios fly rods, and we mostly fished sink tip fly lines. Clouser deep minnows flies and Puglisi bait fish patterns got the job done. They were taken by numerous sea trout. I didn’t count them but very conservatively I’d say they caught fifty plus trout.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Capt. Ed Hurst fishing Sarasota Bay.

Most were under legal size but they caught several that would have been legal to keep. All the fish were released, I’m not in the fish killing business. Now that the water temperatures have cooled I’m seeing more and better size fish in the bay.

Jim and Wil also caught small gag grouper, some ladyfish, and a world record blizzard fish (LOL). Jim did have a fish get him into the backing before the hook pulled. Maybe a big mackerel or cobia? We’ll never know. That’s how they get big.

This time of year it’s very pleasant to be out on the water, even on days like this when the fish can be very, cantankerous indeed.

Capt. Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956. He's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's an Orvis Endorsed Guide.


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