I had good action on a recent trip in Sarasota Bay, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key. Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key, fished a predawn snook/flats trip with me and caught and released several snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before daylight. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat. We also fished deep grass flats after dawn and he had some action catching and releasing trout and his first tripletail on a CAL jig with a shad tail.
Fishing has been steadily improving in Sarasota Bay. With plentiful baitfish, I’m hoping for a strong fall season both in the bay and the coastal gulf. You may find tarpon in inside areas of Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay and juvenile tarpon in creeks and canals this time of year. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may also be a good option. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!