From: Capt Bob
Date: 12 Oct 1999
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
October 10, 1999
Sarasota Fla. Fishing Report
By Capt. Bob Smith
As we headed out Saturday morning, I was thinking of our limited options due to the Red tide and twenty-mile an hour East wind. I knew the beaches were feeling the effects of the Red tide and if we made a long run offshore, we would find the water very rough. Friday we had found a few snapper and grouper on Hartís reef in the middle of the bay. The snapper were nice sized and although we never put a grouper over eighteen inches in the boat, we did hook in to a couple of big ones. The redfish action had been slow on Friday so I opted to go back to Hartís reef.
We anchored over one of the many rock piles and fished the bottom with live shrimp. To my surprise, we had a very exciting day with a large variety of fish. We caught cobia, pompano, black seabass, snapper, red and gag grouper, ladyfish, jacks, blue runners and much more. The action was fast and we lost a few big fish. We spent our four hours on the reef and due to the direction of the strong wind the seas never got over a foot.
We got back to the New Pass dock at 11:30 a.m. and could see some small dead fish coming in on the tide. We never know where the Red tide will go or how bad it will be. I feel that Hartís reef might be a refuge for some of the fish at this time.
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