Sarasota Fla. Report 7/16/99

From: Capt. Bob Smith
Date: 17 Jul 1999
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July 16, 1999

Sarasota Florida Fishing Report

By Capt. Bob Smith

Although most fish can be mentioned in this week's report, the fishing has been on the slow side. At this time of year, catching your own bait is the key to catching some nice fish. On the bay, pilchards have worked well but they are still a little small. We have been able to cast net them in New Pass along the south side at the mouth of the pass. Trout, redfish, snook and small cobia to 30" have been the prominent fish on the bay and they all love the pilchards. Most of the action has been on the grass flats but some nice fish have been found on the sandbars and channels too.

Offshore we are working harder to find bait than fish. Although the grouper got slow towards the end of the week, the little tunny were hot on the "M" reefs, that is, if you had live bait to feed them. The action has been even better in 70 feet of water for little tunny and Spanish mackerel. A 240-250 heading from New Pass will get you there. Out there, the fish have been taking cut bait almost as well as live bait. Artificial bait has also worked. The weather has been a little unstable this past week and that probably had something to do with the fishing.

I have been getting most of my bait about 1.5 miles north of the New Pass Bell Buoy, in 20 feet of water. Using a gold hook bait rig, I have been able to catch Thread fin, pilchard, sardines, pinfish and grunts, all in the same area.

Enjoy and Protect