Sarasota Fla. Report 8/23/98

From: Capt. Bob Smith
Date: 24 Aug 1998
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Sarasota Florida Fishing Report.

By Capt. Bob Smith August 23, 1998

Maybe the fish are getting ready to go back to school :). That is the way I felt this week with only two half day charters and not being able to hook up with very much. I did not see many other boats out either so I was not able to get much feedback.

The first morning we concentrated on pompano and started in Big Pass bouncing yellow pompano jigs tipped with bits of fresh shrimp along the bottom. The water was dirty and slow moving due to all the run off from the past rains. A couple of small ladyfish and bottom fish were all we found. The condition of the pass called for a new environment if I was going to find fish, so we moved to Marina Jack's grass flats. About the same was going on at the grass flats, so I decided to make another change and head south along the beach to Point of Rocks. Point of Rocks is an out cropping of sand stone along Siesta Beach that can hold a large variety of fish including jewfish under some of the ledges. You can also find snook, trout and tarpon but today there was only one Spanish mackerel. By then I knew the incoming tide was making some headway against the fresh water coming out of the bay. We went to the Middle Ground grass flats that are just north of New Pass channel on the bay. Here we got or first and only pompano just before the end of the trip, a nice three pounder.

The next trip was with the same group. We decided to bypass the bay and do some offshore bottom fishing. It was too rough for a long offshore trip for my costumers but with a 15 knot east wind the inshore artificial reefs were only a little choppy. I picked up six dozen live grunts from Hart's Landings and found plenty of action on (I) reef in 30 feet of water. Although the grouper were undersize, they bit continuously throughout the trip. We did get a nice cobia about twenty pounds and some flounder. We had some large fish on but they won! If you can get some grunts, pinfish or whitebait, offshore is your best bet for action. Whitebait is the best bait for snapper and mackerel. Trigger fish and large grunts are also abundant on the reefs if that is what you are looking for.

Enjoy and Protect