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
July 25, 2014
Clients experienced very good action on charters this week using live baitfish. Trips start with bait-catching, which has been easy, only taking ten or fifteen minutes, then anchoring up over the deep grass flats and chumming brought the fish right to the boat. Speckled trout to 25", Spanish mackerel, bluefish, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, cobia, ladyfish, sea bass, ladyfish, and more were landed this week. Anglers also landed sharks on several trips using cut ladyfish. I started my week off with an excellent charter with Clement O'Connor and Paul Leighton and their girlfriends Tess and Coquina. Action was non-stop at the Marina Jack flat using live pilchards. A half dozen slot trout, a bunch of mangrove snapper to 13", bluefish, Spanish mackerel, gag grouper, and ladyfish kept the rods bent. we caught a small cobia and had a big one eat a small trout, Clement fought it for a few minutes before it let go. We finished up with a shark on cut ladyfish. The good action continued on Monday for Sarasota resident Rob Mowers and his grandson Andrew Little who was in town from GA. We started off casting Gulp! at the Radio Tower with Rob catching a bonnet head shark. A move to Big Pass for bait, then chumming the nearby flats resulted in quite a few gag grouper, ladyfish, trout, snapper, and ladyfish. Rob landed a nice 25" trout. We finished up with a blacktip shark and a 14" snapper at Marker # 5. Long time client Scott Stinson from MO had a very good trip on Tuesday. I picked him up at Ken Thompson Park and idled into New Pass and loaded up on bait. The flats near Marina Jack were very productive, yielding speckled trout to 20", Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, and ladyfish. We finished up at the Radio Tower catching more trout. Fishing was bit tough on Wednesday for the Wright family from South Carolina. It was breezy and overcast, making the bait a bit more difficult to catch. I hit several spots just kind of picking at them until we found better action on a deep flat near Bird Key. We tried a little shark fishing but a fast approaching storm sent us scurrying for cover after only a couple of minutes. Still, 7 year old Connor caught a bunch of fish with Uncle Caleb chipping in with the largest trout. On Thursday morning it was blowing 20 knots with thunderstorms, so I bumped the trip to Friday for Boris Stoeber from Germany and his 8 year old daughter Joy. It was a bit slow to start but then we had a couple of flurries using whitebait as chum to get them fired up. Speckled trout, bluefish, ladyfish,. sea bass, mangrove snapper, and gag grouper hit baits at Marina Jacks, Bird Key, and the Radio Tower. Joy caught most of the fish and "helped" with a blacktip shark. We also had something spool one of my shark rods, I think it was a big ray. The Schultz family from Ohio finished off my week with an excellent charter, although it was very hot and still. I caught bait and spent the entire trip at the Radio Tower and Marina Jack flat, catching speckled trout to 20", mangrove snapper to 14", Spanish mackerel, bluefish, sea bass, ladyfish, and more. Action was very steady with the boys catching close to 100 fish!
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Fishing Report Provided by CB's Saltwater Outfitters, reports submitted by staff guide Capt Jim Klopfer - Jim
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp: | Clarity:
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
July 25, 2014
Fishing was steady last week on a variety of species, though we did not catch any really big trout. Speckled trout to 21", Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds, sea bass to 14", mangrove snapper to 12", gag grouper to 16", flounder, jacks, silver trout, ladyfish, and more were caught using live baitfish on charters this week. Bait was thick around both passes and a couple of casts with the net filled the well for the entire trip. The deep grass flats near the passes produced the best action. Sharks to 30 pounds hit cut ladyfish, mackerel, and pinfish near Big Pass. I ran an afternoon charter on Monday. Bait was easy but the fishing was tough, mornings are more consistent this time of year. We did catch a few nice gag grouper and several sharks, but fishing was on the slow side. Sarasota resident Doc Dojutrek went out early in the week. We started off casting topwater plugs along a mangrove shoreline, but had no interest. A move to catch bait then fish the deep edges near Bird Key resulted in speckled trout to 21", Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds, along with other species. Doc finished up with 2 nice sharks, going 30 lbs and 25 lbs, great fun on light tackle! Rob Gatton who lives in Orlando treated his dad Bob and son Aiden to a trip on Thursday. Bait was easy and action was very steady on mackerel and loads on ladyfish near the Twin Bridges. We moved to the Radio Tower in search of a few trout to keep and the boys landed several slot fish along with some mangrove snappers, sea bass to 14", flounder, and more. I ran a pontoon charter with capt Terry out of CB's on Friday. We caught a dozen or so fish in live shrimp, including a 14" mangrove snapper. Courtney and Allen McEvin from Louisville, KY took their two kids Kydwyn (5) and Hasten (8) out on their first "real" fishing trip on Saturday. Once again, bait was easy and it did not take long to get fish popping in the chum. We worked the deep grass flats near Bird Key and Marina Jacks and caught several trout in the slot to 18", a half dozen Spanish mackerel to 2 1/2 pounds, mangrove snapper to 12", ladyfish, and sea bass. Hasten had the hot hand, catching more by himself than his mom and dad! Nice going!!
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