Sarasota Fla. Fishing Report

From: Capt Bob
Date: 01 Oct 1999
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September 30, 1999

Sarasota Fla. Fishing Report

By Capt. Bob Smith

Although the fishing in general has not been hot, the offshore fishing has begun to simmer. Yellowtail snapper has been the best bet for food fish and on light tackle can be a lot of fun. You can find yellowtail over any good bottom or reef. They love live shrimp but will also take a small pilchard. Today we fished about a mile inside of M-7 in fifty feet of water. We were able drift and bounce a shrimp along the bottom due to the lack of wind during the morning hours. Yellowtail are schooling fish so when you catch one, mark the spot and go back as soon as they stop biting.

Grouper were also plentiful in the same area but you need to fish with larger live bait like Herring, pinfish and grunts. Most of the grouper were short reds but some boats did get a few keeper gags and blacks. Small schools of permit are still coming around the (M) reefs but you need to free-line live shrimp or crabs for them. The barracuda are still stacked up on the (M) reefs and are a little fussy but they will jump all over a Spanish mackerel.

Bay fishing has produced a few keeper trout and flounder and some snook at night. We have been able to find plenty of action but not much in keeper fish. Ladyfish, jacks and short trout have made up most of the action.

Enjoy and Protect

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