The Tarpon Run
Capt. Bob Smith
May 25, 2009
Sarasota - Saltwater Fishing Report
The tarpon run is on and the fishermen were out in droves. Before all the rain, most of the action for tarpon had been north of us near Tampa. Now the water is very cloudy on the bay from all the runoff. This should pass soon and we will be back to normal and our good spring fishing.
Drifting the grass flats around the bay on Sunday, we found some nice trout but it was hard and the pinfish had no trouble finding us. The big ten pound jacks accompanied by some Spanish mackerel have taken up residence under the New Pass Bridge. Drifting along the center pilings with weighted live bait will get you in to some great light tackle action. A ¼ oz. split shot should do the job. There was too much boat traffic Sunday for me to take advantage of that.
This is our best time for catching a large variety of fish both offshore and inshore. Little tunny and Spanish mackerel have been caught just off the beach. It is also the time you could hook-up with a Sailfish in fifty feet of water off shore or find a school of small dolphin in the same area. I won't go down the long list of possible fish you could catch, but it is a good time to go fishing and a mixed bag of good fish is not uncommon during April, May, and June.
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