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Sarasota Fishing Report

Venice to Cedar Key

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Sarasota Fishing Report

Postby Capt. Bob Smith » Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:44 pm

April 9, 2006

Sarasota Florida Fishing Report
By Capt. Bob Smith

For the past couple of weeks, the magic numbers for King and Spanish mackerel have been 12 to 33 foot depths and a water temperature of 72 degrees. Large schools of anchovies have been holding the fish close to the coast line. Trolling small spoons and jigs on flat-line or with planers have worked for the Spanish mackerel. The kings want larger spoons, plugs and live bluerunners. Both on flat-line and planers have worked. White bait is not working well at this time. Sardines and threadfin have been hard to find. Some cobia and LTs are also in the mix with the mackerel. LTs are hard to catch when feeding on anchovies. Tripletail is also being caught around the crab-pot floats with live shrimp and small crabs.

The anchovies have been moving into the bay bringing some Spanish mackerel and bluefish with them. The ladyfish have been thick along Country Club Shores and the Middle Ground grass flats. The water will boil with feeding fish but it has been hard to pick a mackerel out of it so far. Jigs and live shrimp have been working well on the bay.

There have been some nice catches of pompano and permit, but they won’t stay in one place long and may be found on the flats or the passes at any time. Some nice snook are being caught but mostly by chumming with whitebait. This method is very productive but I won’t use it on snook and I do not call it Sportfishing. Snook are primarily nocturnal and feed best one hour before and after a change of tide. They also like first and last light. If fishing in a lit area at night, the snook will feed in the darker surrounding areas, like shadows from the bridge.

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