Capt. Bob Smith
September 17, 2009
Sarasota - Saltwater Fishing Report
It has been a wile since I put out a fishing report but August was good for bay fishing and I was busy. September is traditionally the slowest month for charters but you never know about the fishing. September is when the Fall-run can start for most species and the fishing can get hot for both inshore and or offshore, but no guarantees. Mother Nature rules!
On the bay grass-flats, I fish mostly with DOA artificial, 3", #313, clear-gold glitter shrimp. Live bait is working well but it is hard to keep the pinfish and other small baitfish or junk fish off your line. We have been catching Sea trout up to 24" and almost as many keeper size trout as under size. In the mix of fish, we have been catching bluefish, flounder, pompano, black sea bass, snapper, Spanish mackerel, jacks, ladyfish and some nice but short grouper. The bluefish have been good sized for Florida, up to four pounds of fun.
This time of year it pays to know where the good spots are and have the patience to stick it out until the fish turn on. During the summer months, I find that when one spot gets hot many others will at the same time. With all the run off, flood tides and unstable weather conditions, we never know when that will be. Having a VHF radio on board will bring this to bear. In fact, a VHF radio is a very useful fishing tool and can make your day.
Enjoy & Protect
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