Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff, the Snook Fin-Addict out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, bluefish and jacks on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay and had a few shots at tarpon with a fly in the coastal gulf on several trips during the week of May 12.
Normally there is good tarpon action as they school up ahead of full and new moons to spawn; however, there were fewer tarpon than expected as we approached a full moon on May 14.
Tarpon fishing should be good this week as we head away from a full moon. Look for reds, snook and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues, flounder and more should also be a good option.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
Fishing this past week out of Island Discount Tackle on Anna Maria island has produced a variety of fish landed and some red-hot rallies when the conditions are right. The Springtime fishing patterns are at their apex.
Speckled trout and redfish have been feeding on the flats and coming to the dinner table. On my charters, the bait of choice is a nice lively shiner rigged with a 2/0 circle hook on a 30-pound fluorocarbon leader and a old school popping cork. A well-placed throw to the sand potholes on the flats will present the baits to these fine tasting predators.
Snook are scattered all over from inshore potholes and mangroves to the swash channels of the beaches. Although they are catch and release, you can still enjoy some rod-bending action with these linesiders. Targeting large snook requires a change of presentation. Instead of using a smaller shine, I like to use the biggest shiners in my live well. Another tip is to use a dead shiner and smash it like a pancake. Throw the bait into the potholes and wait for the big fish to chew.
Look for the fishing to turn on as the spring pattern gives way to the summer pattern and the fish react accordingly. Until next time, keep the slack out of your line and learn to feel the thump of the predator inhaling your bait.
Capt. Mark Howard
SumoTime Fishing Charters LLC