Fishing was steady aboard my Action Craft Coastal Bay boat the O'Fishall out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters. Anglers caught pompano, Spanish mackerel, spotted seatrout, jack crevalle and bluefish.
I ran a morning and afternoon trip on Feb. 4. Fly angler Charlie Gallmeyer fished with me in the morning. We concentrated on the deeper flats on the east side of Sarasota Bay. Gallmeyer caught spotted seatrout and ladyfish using a Clouser-style fly pattern. Switching things up, we moved to the west side of the bay to an area that has been consistently holding Spanish mackerel. The water was crystal clear, so I changed out flies to a Clouser pattern tied with synthetic materials on a long shank hook to offer some bite protection instead of using wire leader. Gallmeyer caught and released several Spanish mackerel to 3 pounds.
Melissa Ballengee, husband Brent and her father Howard fished with me in the afternoon. After a quick lesson on how to use DOA CAL Shad tail jigs we started drifting the flats around Stephens Point Melissa got a hot hand from the get go and was schooling these guys on catching fish. The trio caught spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish
Friday Thomas Agresta and his two sons, Thomas and Greg, had steady action with spotted seatrout, pompano, jack crevalle, bluefish, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel. The guys started off the trip catching multiple species of fish using DOA CAL jigs. They were looking to put together a family fish dinner so we shifted gears and I moved to an area that earlier in the week was producing some really nice spanish mackerel. A quick change of tactics and I had the guys using topwater plugs with a small piece of wire to prevent cutoffs. We caught several bluefish and mackerel in the 2 to 3 pound range then Thomas Sr. hooked a really nice spanish mackerel that tipped the scales at 6 pounds. A great fish to end the trip on!
Capt. Andy Cotton