Location

FL
United States
27° 19' 49.062" N, 82° 32' 51.594" W

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Fishing Report Provided by CB's Saltwater Outfitters, reports submitted by staff guide Capt Jim Klopfer - Jim
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Fishing Report
August 15, 2014
Fishing varied between steady and very good this week, despite the heat. The best bet is to get out there early (or late) and make the best of the morning bite. Fortunately, bait has been thick just off the beach and in the passes, and that has been the key to success for clients on charters this week. Mangrove Snapper and Speckled Trout fishing was VERY good, with Mangs to 17" and several Speckled Trout between 24" and 27" being caught and released. I can not stress enough the importance of releasing those big Trout unharmed, they are crucial to the continued great action that we have been experiencing. Handle them carefully, take a quick picture, and revive them for a few moments. Eric Naumburg, Chris Conery, and John Parry finished the last of four charters with me on Monday. They had already caught a bunch of nice Speckled Trout and other species, so we decided to try Big Pass for Snook. Unfortunately, it was quite breezy and I just could not get them going. We finished up with Trout, Bluefish, Snapper, and Ladyfish at the Middlegrounds. On Tuesday morning, Tim Bowman and his 10 year old daughter Riley experienced steady action on the flats near Bird Key. Free lining live bait resulted in Speckled Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Ladyfish, Jack Crevelle, and for whatever reason, a bunch of Catfish. Riley had the best fish, landing a gorgeous 24" Speckled Trout! Wednesday was a "rain out", with thunderstorms all around the passes. I had a terrific charter on Thursday with Tom Marquardt and his daughter Haley (15) from Milwaukee, WI. after catching bait, I hit several deep grass flats near Bird Key. Tom caught (and released, gotta let those big girls go) a 25" and 27" Speckled Trout. Both Tom and Haley caught slot Trout, Ladyfish, Mangrove Snapper, Sea Bass, and Catfish. Haley finished up the trip with a VERY nice 17" Mangrove Snapper, great fish for the bay! Keith Williams from the UK sent his boys Thomas and Joe out fishing, along with his father-in-law. Fishing was very good, with non-stop action being found at the Marina Jack flat using pilchards. Speckled Trout, including a 27" beauty, Mangrove Snapper, Ladyfish, Sea Bass, and Grouper kept the boys busy. We tried for a Shark for a bit near the end, no luck and it was brutally hot, so we called it a morning. Fishing was not quite as good on Saturday for Kyle Drake and his teenage sons Conor and Eric, though it was still fairly steady. The problem was the Cormorants; they kept eating the chum and the baits! Still, they probably caught 50 fish, including some nice Mangrove Snapper, Speckled Trout, Ladyfish, Sea Bass, Grouper, and Bluefish. Marker # 5 was the best spot.
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Fishing Report Provided by Snook Fin- addict - Rick Grassett
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:81-90 F | Clarity: Clear
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Fishing Report
August 12, 2014
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, blues and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and flies in Sarasota Bay during the past week. An angler also caught and released a big jack on a CAL 4” swim bait while tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf. Denis Clohisy, from WI, and Jim Dempsey, from IL, fished with me on Monday and Tuesday. We tarpon fished in the coastal gulf on Monday, which was our plan for both days. We had a west wind and rough water on Monday and with limited sunlight, it was tough to see fish. Jim made a quick cast and caught and released a 12-pounder on a CAL 4” shad tail/swim bait when we got blitzed by a big school of jacks. We often get shots at other species while tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf. We also had shots at several large cobia while tarpon fishing recently. It pays to be ready! It was too rough to fish the coastal gulf for tarpon on Tuesday, so we fished the west side of Sarasota Bay, which offered some protection. They caught and released trout and blues on Clouser flies, DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails. Scott Heidler, his son, Scott and daughter, Elizabeth, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday before the kids went off to college. We started in the dark and they had good action catching and releasing a dozen snook to 24” on CAL jigs with shad tails. We moved to deep grass flats along the west side of the bay after dawn where they caught and released trout and blues on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails. Action with blues on deep grass flats has been good! They are also fun to catch with top water plugs or fly poppers. There should still be some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. However as they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are moving to inside areas where you may find them rolling on deep grass flats or in passes at first light. You also should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Catch and release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.
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