Fantastic Near Shore Action with King Mackerel in Sarasota Florida
Fishing has picked up with the warm water temperatures, I have seen surface temps as high as 80 degrees this week. Near shore species included spanish and king mackerel. Inshore species included redfish, seatrout, and pompano.
On a trip to the Fisher reef with two couples last week we had non-stop action on the spanish and king macks. The count ended with eight kings to 14lbs and I lost track of the spanish - had to be over thirty. I netted white bait off of North Lido Beach prior to picking up the angler's to use for bait. A 1/o long shanked hook, about 12 inches of light wire and a small barrel swivel did the trick. It was pretty crazy out there, I counted eighteen boats at one time. I believe with this type of species it really helps to have lots of bait in the water - the fish get fired up with all the action. So I really didn't mind the crowd.
Inshore the reds have been spotty, one here and there, however I haven't found the larger schools. It will happen it's just a matter of time. The seatrout have been active and a lifesaver. On a trip last week the crew was looking for a few meals to have while staying on Anna Maria Island. We had a slow but steady six hour trip ending up with one redfish, one sheepshead, and ten seatrout. These were the fish in the slot, plenty more were caught and released.
It's time to get out there - just remember the hats and sunscreen - it's like we went from cold to hot overnight - thank goodness for the sea breeze.
Tight Lines & Good Times, Capt. Terry Frankford
Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.
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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.