Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action on a couple of trips in Sarasota Bay recently. Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key, fished deep grass flats with me and had good action catching and releasing trout, jacks, bluefish and a pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails.
Sunny Moss, from Sarasota, also had some action with a variety of species. We fished deep grass flats and she had some action catching and releasing bluefish, Spanish mackerel and a jack.
We finished the day with a tripletail that she sight-fished. She was a student in a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school that I instructed and this was her first saltwater fly fishing trip. Great job Sunny!
Fishing dock lights for snook and more before dawn and the flats or coastal gulf after daylight is a good option. With stone crab traps in the water now, there is more structure to attract tripletail in the coastal gulf.
Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook in backcountry areas should also be a good option. You may find juvenile tarpon in creeks, canals or around dock lights this time of year. 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!