Anglers had fast action during the week of Dec. 30 with spotted sea trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, Jack Crevalle and ladyfish while fishing aboard my Action Craft Coastal Bay boat, the O'Fishall out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key.
Al Jewell and his father-in-law, Jairo, from Columbia, fished with me on Dec. 30. We started off the trip by fishing the deep grass flats around Stephens Point on the east side of Sarasota Bay, throwing DOA Cal Shad tails on1/4 ounce jig heads. We caught several spotted sea trout and ladyfish and got cut off by a few mystery fish with teeth, probably mackerel. After the bite slowed, we moved along to the west side of the bay and started chucking top-water plugs along a sand bar, and Al and Jairo connected with several Jack Crevalle and bluefish to 6 pounds.
Ken Sauer and Don Hohman fly-fished with me on Dec. 31. We were looking for protection from a heavy northeast wind, so we fished the east side of Sarasota Bay around Longbar. Ken and Don caught and released spotted sea trout using a Clouser-style fly pattern and DOA Cal Shad tail jigs. We braved the wind and moved over to flats near Buttonwood Harbor, where Don and Ken caught Spanish mackerel and bluefish using top-water fly poppers and top-water plugs. On Jan. 2, Mark, Jordan and Richard Gunderson fished Sarasota Bay with me. The trio of anglers had great action with Spanish mackerel, spotted sea trout and bluefish using a combination of DOA Cal Shad tail jigs and top-water plugs.
Carmen and Beth DeSanzo, from Pennsylvania, wanted to be adventurous and fish on Jan. 3. We got a late start in the morning. With a passing cold front and strong winds, we went straight to an area in Sarasota Bay that has been loaded with big bluefish, Jack Crevalle and Spanish mackerel. As luck would have it, we started slinging top-water plugs, and they caught and released several bluefish and Jack Crevalle.
Capt. Andy Cotton