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Cold Water brings Sheepshead to Sarasota FL

Capt. Terry Frankford
December 18, 2010
Sarasota - Saltwater Fishing Report

Fishing Report 12/18/2010 Capt. Terry Frankford

Cold weather conditions may run off a few species, however, redfish, sheepshead inshore - spanish and king mackerel offshore are a great bet for winter fishing. Not to mention with any luck some mangrove snapper and flounder hanging around inshore structure and near shore artificial reefs.

Recently I have been catching plenty of redfish, not to many in the slot, but lots of great light tackle action. On most trips out I have not had a problem finding reds using live shrimp for bait. These little guys are really chewing, must be a growth spurt because they bite like crazy. Good thing is they grow like a weed so anytime now they should be in the slot. I also found a little spot that some big ones are hanging out at, if they stay for awhile there is some great action to be had.

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Sheepshead and blackdrum have made it to the live well using live regular sized shrimp for bait. These fish are looking for small shrimp and crabs to munch on and a little warmth from the sun. Keep structure in mind to find them, oysters, mangroves and docks are a sure bet.

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It's been a great year for fishing and hopes of a new year will bring the same.

Merry Christmas and a safe New Year to all.

Tight Lines & Good Times, Capt. Terry Frankford

Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.

Sarasota Fishing Forecast:

Inshore look for sheepshead, mangrove snapper, black drum and redfish. Offshore look for spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and mangrove snapper.

Target Species:

Sheepshead and Redfish

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Inshore & Nearshore Light tackle fishing. Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, and many other species can be caught is Sarasota Waters

Contact Info:

Reelin & Chillin Charters
3311 7th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: 941-228-7802
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