Monday, July 29, 2013

Seatrout plentiful in July; redfish and snook should take the August spotlight

Spotted seatrout were the name of the game in July for clients of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing.

We caught and released several large trout, including one 6-pounder during the month.

Most of the action took place near and around Buttonwood Harbor on the west side of Sarasota Bay.

Keith Kosco of New York is a happy camper.
Keith Kosco of New York picked a slow day to fish, but did manage a few seatrout, including one that tipped that scales at 6 pounds. Most of the fish were taken on MirrOlure Lil Johns on 1/16-ounce jig heads.

Exploratory trips earlier in the week had resulted into trout to 6 pounds, redfish to 29 inches, snook to 24 inches and flounder.

The highlite of the week was an 8-pound permit that went for a Lil John.

Randy Ruskey of Peoria, Ill., and his sons, Eric and Jon, had a pair of fair outings. On the first day, we fished off Stephens Point on the east side of the bay and managed 30 trout to 19 inches and a pompano. The second day was spent drifting the deep grass off Whale Key along the west side of the bay. We landed 20 trout to 17 inches, jack crevalle and ladyfish.

Later in the week, I caught redfis to 26 inches, trout, snook to 26, jack crevalle and flounder on jigs and MirrOlure MirrOdines.

David Andrews of Charlotte County  joined me for an outing off Stephens Point. David managed 12 trout and a ladyfish on flies (Clouser Deep Minnows).

Vinny Caruso of Sarasota fished with me in Lee County near Matlacha and had a memorable day. We caught redfish to 21 inches. trout to 24 and jumped a tarpon we estimated at more than 100 pounds. It was the first tarpon Vinny had ever hooked. He used a Sebile Stick Shad to entice the big fish.

I caught a 26-inch redfish and 20 trout in Buttonwood Harbor on a scouting mission prior to a trip with Dr. Everette Howell of Longboat Key. Dr. Howell managed a dozen trout to 18 inches on Lil Johns and D.O.A. Cal Jigs with gold paddle tails.

Randy Truman of Sarasota and his son, A.J., caught trout to 18 inches, flounder and bluefish off Whale Key on the west side of the bay. The fish were caught on D.O.A. CAL jigs and golf paddle tails and MirrOlure MirrOdines.

Andrew Adler and Michael Adler of Sarasota fished the deep grass off Whale Key and experienced some very slow action. We totaled 10 trout and a few mangrove snapper on D.O.A. CAL jigs and gold paddle tails. The fishing was slow, but the scenery wasn't. We had a pair of manatees swim around our kayaks.

I recently switched to Jackson Kayaks ( I now own a 14-foot Jackson Cuda, two 12-foot Jackson Cudas and a 12-foot Jackson Kilroy.

I have one (1) Native Watercraft  left for sale. I have a 12-foot Ultimate Basic. The boat sells for $799 new (plus tax). I'm selling it for $600. I bought it in October, so it's still under warranty. It comes with an anchor trolley system.

Please let me know if you're interested in the Ultimate.

August should see an increase in redfish on the flats. In fact, we could encountered large schools of large redfish. One of my favorite trips is southern Tampa Bay. I like to hit the water before daylight and cast topwater plugs over the grass and along the mangroves. This usually produces noteworthy redfish and snook.

Matlacha is also a possible outing -- especially if we get negative low tides. When we do, tailing redfish are usually easy to find. Tarpon action should be good there, too.

Beach snook action should heat up in August, with sight-fishing the name of the game for those interested in fly fishing.

And don't forget night snook trips. This is perfect for those who like to sight-fishing for snook at night in pleasant conditions.

Please call me or email me if you're interested in booking a trip.

Steve Gibson
Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing

(941) 284-3406

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