Sarasota Fla. Report 6/19/99

From: Capt. Bob Smith
Date: 19 Jun 1999
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June 19, 1999

Sarasota Florida Fishing Report

By Capt. Bob Smith

The much needed rain has slowed our fishing a bit but the rest of the week looks good. Tarpon have started to move into the bay and are back in those old familiar places. You can look for them around bridges, reefs, passes and the deep water around docks, islands and sandbars. I like to fish them at first and last light and after dark on a moving tide. No one is going to give you the exact spot but if you are out there and watching others, you can build up an inventory of possible spots for your future trips. Live bait is best but in the right hands, fly and plug fishing can do as well.

Sea trout are on the bite and are on most of the grass-flats. Many have been over 20 inches. Along with the trout, we have been getting some pompano, mackerel, bluefish and flounder. Free-lined large live shrimp have worked best but again, jigs in the right hands have done a good job and have worked best for the pompano. Snook and redfish are still around the docks but not as good as in past years.

Offshore the fishing is still hot in the 40-foot depths. Kingfish to 25-pounds, barracuda, little tunny, Spanish mackerel, dolphin and permit, just to name a few. We have found more action around the large schools of thread herring than the artificial reefs but the reefs are holding plenty of barracuda and mangrove snapper. The few permits that have been taken are in the 20-pound range and are in small numbers. I have not seen the smaller ones in the 8-12-pound range that school around the artificial reefs in large numbers. Permits only eat crustaceans. Live shrimp and small crabs work for them.

You can pull a keeper grouper almost any place you fish in the gulf but the deeper water is much better at this time. Some good catches of grouper have come in from 80-feet of water. It is common to find dolphin during the summer at this depth and the further you go the more common it gets. Look for grass lines or any floating objects. School dolphin will eat most any thing floating in the water, dead or alive. Remember to keep one fish in the water until you hook the next fish and that will keep the school around your boat.

Enjoy and Protect.