From: Capt. Bob Smith
Date: 10 Aug 1998
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
Sarasota Florida Fishing Report.
By Capt. Bob Smith August 9, 1998
At the beginning of the week we had plenty of action in big Pass with pompano and permit making a good run along the south side of the pass. They were taking 3/8 oz yellow pompano jigs tipped or untipped with shrimp. The pompano averaged about two pounds and the permit about three pounds but by the end of the week only a few fish were being caught. A pompano run in August is unexpected so who knows what to expect next. While fishing for the pompano, we caught some nice flounder and occasionally we would hook one of the large stingrays that would give us a good workout on the light tackle.
I saw nice stringers of mangrove snappers coming in all around the bay, from under the docks, bridges, piers and beaches. The snapper were not very large but most were keeper size and fat.
Sea-trout are thick at the north end of the bay if you are using live grunts for bait. You can also find redfish and snook. Using top water plugs this time of year can be a lot of fun but don't expect to load the boat.
Offshore, some kings were still around "M-7" and during the week in choppy seas, the kings took gold Bombers trolled with a flat line. The bait fish have been hard to catch this last week because they have been running deep.
Snapper and grouper fishing has been fair to good and should keep on improving throughout the summer. You can start looking from forty feet out to whatever you can handle. All the hard bottom, ledges and artificial reefs are holding fish but don't look for an X marking the spot :). No one gives up numbers for these fish and it is time to make that chart recorder pay for itself. Marker buoys are also important. Pilchards (Whitebait) make excellent snapper bait and I like to use pinfish and grunts for grouper. This does not mean that you can't catch fish on cut bait.
Enjoy and Protect!