Fishing Reports by Captain Terry Frankford
About The Author:
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.
[Sarasota,FL] Weathers cooling off - fish are biting - my customer are enjoying fried mangrove snapper and blackened redfish for dinner. Let's Go Fishin.
[Sarasota,FL] West Central FL in Sarasota Bay is holding redfish, sheepshead and pompano. King and Spanish mackerel offshore.
[Sarasota,FL] Keep it moving this time of year, it may take some time to find hungry fish. Redfish was the best catch in Sarasota Florida.
[Sarasota,FL] Florida's great seafood fish - Reds, trout, and flounder on the grill from Sarasota Bay.
[Sarasota,FL] Summer bite is on - snook, redfish, trout, and triple tail are bending rods and taking drag.
[Sarasota,FL] Trout have made a rebound with some to 28 inches being caught in the back waters and on the flats.
[Sarasota,FL] Fishing is HOT! Water temps have warmed up and the fishing action in Sarasota Florida is fantastic.
[Sarasota,FL] Water temps warmed up and the fishing followed. Redfish and trout top the list.
[Sarasota,FL] The water is warming up a little and the fish are ready to chew. Redfish, sheepshead and seatrout are in the live well.
[Sarasota,FL] Cold water temps brought the sheepshead in early this year as well as fiesty redfish.
[Sarasota,FL] Pompano hit live shrimp on the grass flats, and flounder chewed in the Gulf of Mexico
[Sarasota,FL] Cooler waters have produced inshore reds and snook action. Offshore, sharks, king mackerel and spanish mackerel are showing up.
[Sarasota,FL] Catching 12lb reds on 10lb test line is a blast. Yes, you can't turn them all, however when you do it just doesn't get any better.
[Sarasota,FL] Trout for the table, and snook for fantastic light tackle catch & release action
[Sarasota,FL] Light tackle, 15lb King Mackerel - just doesn't get any better.
[Sarasota,FL] Winter is over and spring is here - so are the fish
[Sarasota,FL] The cool water has brought in the spawning sheepshead - what a blast and great on the table.
[Sarasota,FL] Great light tackle action and great on the table, sheepshead & black drum make for a fantastic day on the Bay
[Sarasota,FL] Black Drums are around structure in Sarasota Bay and they are hungry.
[Sarasota,FL] Catching big redfish on light tackle is a blast. Yes you loose a few in the structure, however when you pull them out it's fantastic sport
[Sarasota,FL] A mixed bag this time of year is not uncommon - just keep moving you never know what you may find.
[Sarasota,FL] Weather has cooled down the water just a little, this brings several winter species to our area.
[Sarasota,FL] Fishing has been great is Sarasota Bay - with the water cooling down a little action has picked up.
[Sarasota,FL] Using live bait is catching snook and redfish on light tackle is a blast for anglers aboard the Reelin & Chillin.
[Sarasota,FL] If your into sport fishing inshore, try light tackle. Active bait means more hook-ups, here is how.
[Sarasota,FL] The redfish have moved into the Sarasota area. Cut bait is first choice for bait.
[Sarasota,FL] Pulling big reds out from the barnacle coverd mangroves can be tricky - but it's a blast.
[Sarasota,FL] Plenty of trout in the grass have kept angler's busy aboard the Reelin & Chillin
[Sarasota,FL] The water has warmed, the fish are in. Reds, trout, snapper, and spanish mackerel are on the hook.
[Sarasota,FL] Trout have really come back in the Sarasota areas
[Sarasota,FL] Big Redfish on Light tackle kept anglers busy aboard the Reelin & Chillin
[Sarasota,FL] Tough weather conditions, brought the best out in anglers aboard the Reelin & Chillin.
[Sarasota,FL] Redfish around structure, and trout in the holes.
[Sarasota,FL] Fishing aboard the Reelin & Chillin has brought trout, sheepshead, pompano, whiting, and redfish to name a few species.
[Sarasota,FL] On the grass flats pompano, trout, and bluefish made for some great light tackle action. Around docks sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and redfish were cruising the barnacle covered pilings for dinner - a live shrimp was hard to resist.
[Sarasota,FL] It's that time of year again, the Sheepies are on the table.
[Sarasota,FL] Inshore and offshore were productive over the Thanksgiving Holidays. Inshore redfish, sea trout, flounder, and a few sheepshead were tightening lines aboard the Reelin & Chillin. Offshore king mackerel, and amberjack tightened lines making for great light tackle action.
[Sarasota,FL] Redfish, snook, and trout are coming in around docks and inlets looking for warmer waters.
[Sarasota,FL] It was a windy couple of weeks, however anglers aboard the Reelin & Chillin managed to put fish on the line. Big reds close to thirty inches using select live shrimp or cut pinfish for bait really bent some rods.
[Sarasota,FL] Fishing both in-shore and near-shore is productive right now so get out there and get fishing. Snook, redfish, trout, and mangrove snapper are the species to target inshore. Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, little tunny, and sharks are the species to target near-shore.
[Sarasota,FL] It's tough working around the hurricanes and the associated inclement weather however, it's always been a factor that before a front fish tend to feed.
[Sarasota,FL] Redfish, spotted sea trout, and mangrove snapper tighten lines aboard the Reelin & Chillin
[Sarasota,FL] It's easy to get stuck in a habit with the same baits, switching up can change a day's fishing for the better.
[Sarasota,FL] It's always nice to find a great spot that produces big fish consistently, it happens often, unfortunately these spots only stay hot for a week or two, then the fish move on. I was lucky enough to find one just spot to put my anglers on.
[Sarasota,FL] Live hand-picked shrimp working inshore for redfish up to 33 inches, and live threadfin herring snaging up to 32 pound King Mackerel offshore
[Sarasota,FL] In-shore fishing is good with snook, redfish and trout. Near-shore has produced some great action with Spanish & King mackerel.
[Sarasota,FL] Weather sure has been an issue for the past couple of weeks. Cold fronts, wind, and rain made the beginning of March seem more like February. My client's and I had to really hunt for the fish
[Sarasota,FL] With the water staying a little warmer than a normal February fishing great. The redfish are still biting and the sheepshead are starting their spawn
[Sarasota,FL] Finding a large school of big Redfish that hang around the same area for a few weeks makes for great catch & release action on lite-tackle
[Sarasota,FL] Mackerel, Kings, and Little Tunny Nearshore reefs. Redfish, Sheepshead, and Pompano Inshore structure