Sarasota Fla. Report 10/24/99

From: Capt. Bob Smith
Date: 24 Oct 1999
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October 23, 1999

Sarasota Fla. Fishing Report

By Capt. Bob Smith

Fall fishing is here! During the middle of the week, we found plenty of Spanish mackerel and little tunny along the beaches in 20 to 30 feet of water. Some kingfish were also seen and caught in the same area. The baitfish was thick. As we left the New Pass dock on Tuesday morning, we received a call via VHF that the Gulf was having a Mac-attack and that the birds and mackerel were everywhere. We were soon on the scene and armed with Diamond jigs. We spent the morning catching mackerel up to three pounds and little tunny to 12 pounds on 8 pound spinning tackle. The fish are feeding mostly on the large schools of anchovies that are too small for us to catch but the to ounce jigs work will.

The kings prefer the larger baitfish (Threadfin herring) and we found plenty of them using a gold hook bait rig. You can also find plenty of smaller baitfish (Pilchards) on the bay using a cast-net. Numerous sharks have been seen and one was estimated by a reliable source to be a sixteen-foot hammerhead. This guy was hanging around the "M" reefs. Some nice grouper, snapper and an occasional cobia have been caught in 40 to 50 feet of water on both natural and artificial bottoms.

By Friday, the mackerel action had dropped off and this was probably due to the front that came through. Because of all the baitfish along the coast, I am sure the kingfish action will get hot soon and will be in close to the beach.

Enjoy and Protect