Sarasota Fla. Report 7/26/98

From: Capt. Bob Smith
Date: 27 Jul 1998
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Sarasota Florida Fishing Report.

By Capt. Bob Smith July 26, 1998 bobsmith@cftnet.com http://www.sarasota-fla-fishing.com

It was not hard to limit out on kingfish this last week! The artificial reef M-7 was a hot spot for kings, cuda, little tunny plus a few keeper grouper. The reef itself held mostly barracuda and it was hard to get a king in before the cuda got it. The best spot was just a quarter to a half mile west of the reef. We found large mixed schools of baits like threadfin, cigar minnows, Spanish sardines and white bait there. The bait fish were large and would fill the gold hook rigs putting a hard strain on the light bait rods. The kings were hot in this area and the cudas were less of a threat. We fished with 15 to 20 pound test line, 40# mono leader, 6" #6 Wire and a 5/0 hook. We would drift or pull the baits at idle speed for the less skilled. Most of the kings averaged about twenty pounds.

It is unusual to have kings around this late in July, especially with the water temperature hitting 90 degrees, so take advantage of it while it lasts.

On the bay, most of the large trout were north of Big Sarasota bay although we did find some on Marina Jack's grass flats and Helicopter Bar. I saw pompano skipping the surface just about every place I went on the bay but I did not bother fishing for them because they were slow to bite. A few nice size redfish were taken around the docks, but just one here and one there.

A good place to find some snook is along Siesta Key beach south of Point of Rocks. White bait has been working well and you can find large white bait on the sand bars north of Siesta Key's north bridge. A lot of guides have been fishing the large schools of jacks for fun. The jacks have been popping up all around the bay at bridges, reefs, docks and flats. The jacks will take most anything you through at them and some schools consist of 4 and 5 pounders.

Enjoy and Protect.