Snook, Reds, and Trout
Snook, redfish, seatrout, mangrove snapper - a few species caught aboard the Reelin & Chillin this past month. Bait used was mostly green backs caught in the surf just off North Lido Beach. Chumming the green backs brought great results on several trips with snook and redfish topping the list.
A Fish Tail aboard the Reelin & Chillin
With out a doubt I did have a few really great trips, however on a six hour trip with Peter Paris, and Joe Dovener the three of us had a bang up time. Things started a little slow until I cast a green back to a sandy white spot near Long Bar. The bait was out for only a couple of seconds before a nice twenty-nine inch snook picked it up. A fantastic fight considering I had only eight pound test line. Then things slowed a little until we went to a location south of the Siesta Key Bridge. We started chumming green backs and bam another snook just at twenty-nine inches hit my bait again. It's very rare for this Captain to catch two slot snook on the same day. I can catch plenty of snook, however the five inch slot limit really makes it hard to put one on the table. Well it seemed as the fishing was over for me, however Peter and Joe tore into the jack crevalle and redfish. All the reds were in the slot, and I believe these two anglers caught around six or eight. For some reason I couldn't get on a red, but hey - it's just as much fun for me seeing these two anglers having a blast as it is to catch them myself (almost).
I did a few trips to the near-shore reefs for mangrove snapper. We had no problem catching our limit of five per person. The first couple trips I used green backs for bait and the snapper loved them. Strange thing is on the last trip a few days ago they wouldn't touch a green back. Lucky for me I had several dozen live shrimp that produced our limit of snapper. These offshore mangrove snapper are a blast to catch on light tackle. They range anywhere from two to four pounds on the average, and are tasty on the table.
Tight Lines & Good Times, Capt. Terry Frankford
Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.
A pair of snook
Blackened redfish anyone
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.