Sarasota Fla. Report 11/20/99

From: Capt. Bob Smith
Date: 20 Nov 1999
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November 20, 1999

Sarasota Fla. Fishing Report

By Capt. Bob Smith

Kingfish, cobia, grouper, flounder and snapper were the reward for the offshore fisherman this past week. With the high winds and lack of large baitfish, trolling seems to be the preferred method for the kings. Capt. Paul Torin has been able to boat plenty of kings trolling spoons and Bombers around the M-6 artificial reef. He was using a #2 plainer with the spoons and the Bombers on his downrigger. He was also able to find some nice gag grouper in the same area by trolling the bomber close to the bottom. Most of the kings have not been very large (under 12 pounds) but this is the best size to eat.

I have spent most of my time fishing close to the beach in 18 to 24 feet of water. Using large live shrimp, we caught cobia to 30 pounds, flounder to 4 pounds, mangrove snapper to 2 pounds and a few keeper gag grouper. We also caught a good number of spotted seatrout to 3 pounds in 18 feet of water. All the fish we caught were feeding heavily on the small whitebait that has been schooling along the beach.

Redfish have been the main attraction along the docks for bay fishing. Although action has been good, most of the reds have been under size. Flounder fishing has been better than average and you can find plenty of small snapper, just keeper size. Black seabass, pompano, Spanish mackerel and black drum were just some of the other fish caught while fishing the bay's grass-flats and reefs this past week. Keeper size gag grouper are also on the bay at this time but you must use at least 20-pound test line to get them out of the structure. You also need pinfish or grunts for bait and plenty of patience for bay grouper.

Enjoy and Protect