Tarpon time in Sarasota !
Capt. Jack Hartman
June 8, 2010
Sarasota - Saltwater Fishing Report
June 8th Fishing Report
It is truly Tarpon Time in Sarasota! From Anna Maria Island to the Venice Inlet , there are 1,000's of Tarpon on their yearly migration. For the most part , these schools are traveling slowly down the coast and are in a feeding mood. The secret here is to find clear, clean water so that the Tarpon will settle down and feed. Right now the beaches of Lido and Longboat Keys are cyrstal clear and are holding a lot of fish. Threadfins and crabs are the favored baits right now , but soon pinfish will take over as the preferred bait. For artificials , the Baitbuster has been the best lure by far.
Sarasota Tarpon fishing is searching for laid up schools at the crack of dawn, progressing to moving schools and then looking for " Dark spots" which indicate schools of Tarpon that are catchable but not showing well. I have only been Tarpon fishing for a week , but the season has started very well with all indications of a very good year. The best trip so far was with Dave Kinnamon and Paul Bronwin who both jumped several tarpon and each boated a Tarpon. Dave's was 135# and Paul's was 90 +. With the approaching moon phases and gentle winds Tarpon fishing should get better and better and reach a peak in July.
Sarasota Bay fishing is the other option when the winds do not cooperate for Tarpon fishing. The great part of bay fishing in the summer is that you are fishing practically alone as most anglers opt for Tarpon. Last Friday, when the winds were up, I bay fished with Keith McClintock and Steve Liska and the entire time we only encountered 2 other boats. Keith anf Steve both had reallt good days on the bay catching numerous trout to 22" , Flounder to 18" Jacks , Ladyfish and variety of other fish. The lures of choice were CAL jigs and the Deadly Combo which is my favorit all time summer lure.
Sarasota Fishing Forecast:
Expect Tarpon fishing to get better and better with great fishing thru July.
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