Big Reds on Light Tackle
Angler's aboard the Reelin & Chillin have caught some nice over-sized red fish along with a few in the slot. Several locations between Little Sarasota Bay and north to Sarasota Bay have produced rod bending action with these red drum weighing up to thirteen pounds.
On a trip with Andy Hale, father Bob, and son Hayden we fished structure south of Siesta Key in Little Sarasota Bay. It was non-stop action, a hook-up every cast, however we couldn't turn the first several fish. Then finally one fish decided to scream drag away from the structure - not into it. We were able to get a photo and release of a thirty inch red weighing in at over ten pounds. A fantastic battle for an angler using light tackle with ten pound test line on the reel. We managed to get several to the boat on this trip, however more were lost than landed. A couple reds in the slot along with a mangrove snapper or two made for a tasty fish fry and a few happy anglers.
Several trips provided as well as red fish some nice sea trout and pompano. For sport and light tackle action snook, bluefish, ladyfish and catfish were also pulling drag aboard the Reelin & Chillin.
Tackle & Bait
Seven and a half foot St. Croix medium action rod - Okuma Salina SA30 reel spooled with ten pound test mono line.
White bait netted before the trip in the area of New Pass/Longboat Key.
Seems a little hot, however getting an early start with the sea breeze makes for some great summertime fishing. Big reds - tight lines - no oil = Great Day on the Bay.
Tight Lines & Good Times, Capt. Terry Frankford
Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.
David with a 13lb red fish
Hayden to big to keep redfish
About The Author: Captain Terry Frankford
Company: Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.
Area Reporting: Sarasota
Bio: Fishing experience in the Sarasota area for over thirty years - mostly salt water inshore and nearshore. Became a full time guide in November of 2003 after retiring from Verizon Communications as a Network Planning Engineer. U.S.C.G. licensed Master #1125021 – includes Commercial Assistance Towing. Completed Auxiliary boating Skills & Seamanship course. Certified in Senior Lifesaving, Advanced First Aid, CPR, and Open Water Scuba Diving.