Warm Weather - Great Fishing
Wow! What a tough winter, are we in Vancouver? We always have a few cold days here in Florida, however never as consistent as this winter. All bad things must come to an end, and seeing 70 degree temperatures and even an 80 degree temp this week things are looking up.
I'm still taking some big sheepshead off of structure in Sarasota Bay - Jerry and Carol Block from Wisconsin picked up a couple 4 to 5 pounders. Along with the sheepshead, sea trout and mangrove snapper a shore-lunch came to mind. We all went to O'Leary's an on the water restaurant that cooks your catch for a small fee and had the fish three ways - fried, blackened, and grilled - delicious.
I also had several trips where we picked up redfish from 16 inches up to 30 inches with one so chubby it weighed in at 14lbs not a bad battle with 10lb test line and light tackle. Trout have also been around, I picked one up that measured in at 24 inches on the flats around the Edwards Islands. Spanish mackerel and pompano have been around in north Sarasota Bay, I expect these species will start coming in fully with the water warming up.
If the weather starts acting normal we can expect to see pompano along the beaches and on flats near the passes. Snook should start coming out I will be looking for them around structure in the bays - the gulf may still be a little chilly this time of year for them. Redfish always around structure and on the flats looking for a little dinner. Spanish Mackerel and King Mackerel may start visiting our near shore reefs and deep water grass flats near passes. And those tasty little mangrove snapper will start showing up on the near shore reefs and around structure in the bays.
It's that time of year angler's - weather is pleasant and many species of fish are waking up from the long winter, so get out there and have so fun in the sun.
Tight Lines & Good Times, Capt. Terry Frankford
Reelin & Chillin Charters Inc.
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.