Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Consistent fishing is the name of the game around Sarasota Bay

Charlie Pike shows off a Sarasota Bay redfish.
Fishing has been consistent for a variety of species around Sarasota Bay.

We’ve been taking good catches of spotted seatrout to 4 pounds, pompano, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, redfish, snook and even a few jack crevalle.

Charlie Pike of Englewood had a good outing on his first kayak trip. Pike, who has limited saltwater experience, caught a fine bunch of spotted seatrout and redfish near Buttonwood Harbor off Sarasota Bay. He caught most of his fish on D.O.A. CAL 4-inch Jerk Worms on 1/16-ounce jig heads and D.O.A. CAL curly tails on 1/16-ounce jigs heads.

Repeat client David Ginberg of Marietta, Ga. had a steady day, catching spotted seatrout, redfish and ladyfish on Sarasota Bay near Buttonwood Harbor. All fish were taken on D.O.A. CAL Jigs with gold paddle tails.

Neil Hart of England and his son-in-law caught a variety of fish, including spotted seatrout, pompano, sailcats, lizardfish, pinfish, grunt, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, flounder and jack crevalle. All of the fish were taken on D.O.A. CAL jigs with gold paddle tails.

Mike Jensen of Illinois did well while fishing around Stephens Point in Sarasota Bay. Jensen, a repeat client, caught spotted seatrout, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on CAL Jigs with paddle tails.

Mike Teixidor of Miami experienced a good day on Sarasota Bay, catching a load of spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and flounder – all on D.O.A. CAL Jigs with paddle tails. He lost what we think was a bull redfish while fishing around lighted docks before dawn.

Interestingly enough, three clients hooked and landed stingrays on three successive days – something that’s never been done in recent memory!

I fished with my good friend Capt. Rick Grassett of the Snook Fin-Addict Guide Services and we had a fine day. We fly fished for tarpon in the inshore Gulf of Mexico. We saw 50 tarpon and had good shots at 20 or more. Rick hooked up on a single fish and landed it after a 35-minute battle. The fish took a Mr. Blackie Tarpon Fly. We used a 12-weight fly rod and sinktip line.

Beach snook fishing is heating up. However, rough conditions have made sight-fishing tough. That will improve as the weather settles.

I made a scouting trip the last week of April and caught a pair of snook on Gibby’s D.T. Variation, the best snook fly going. I also landed a spotted seatrout and a Spanish mackerel.

Beach snook fishing is the ultimate when it comes to sight-fishing. Clients often get shots at more than 200 snook a morning.

We use 6- to 8-weight fly rods, sinktip or floating lines and Gibby’s D.T. Variation.

The season really heats up this month. Peak times are June, July and August.

We’ve got a few days left for guided beach snook trips. Please book now in order to secure a day.

Business has been so good that we haven’t had a chance to fish fresh water. However, we’ve heard reports from the Everglades that bass and panfish action has been really hot, with catches of 200 or more fish common.

We hope to get down there in the next couple of weeks.

Hope everything is going well for everyone.

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Thank you for your support.

As always, thanks to our sponsors: Native Watercraft, Temple Fork Outfitters, D.O.A. Lures, Go Fish! Sportsmans Sunscreen and Orvis.

Steve Gibson

Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing



(941) 284-3406

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