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Anglers fishing with me this past week caught several species of fish, including Spotted Seatrout, Redfish and Snook.
Jerry Roth and Robert Worman from Orlando fished with me on 2/26. With the forecast calling for windy conditions, we fished the shallow flats on the east side of Sarasota Bay from Stephens Pt. to Long Bar and managed to catch Spotted Seatrout up to 18″ using DOA Cal jigs in Gold/Glow color.
Josh Hund from Sarasota joined me for a late afternoon flats, night Snook combo trip on 2/28. Josh caught and released several Spotted Seatrout and Ladyfish while fishing the flats near Stephens Pt. in Sarasota Bay using DOA Cal jigs Glow in color. Moving off the flats after dark we started looking for Snook around the lighted docks and bridge fenders near Siesta Key. We caught and released Redfish up to 20″ and Snook up to 26″ using Grassett’s Snook Minnow fly pattern.
Finding the Fish and Feeling Spring Fever
While the snowflakes are falling up North, in our little piece of Nature Coast paradise in Florida the blooms are busting open and spring is in the air.
With the mild winter, shifting into a full blown early spring the Trout have gotten the message that it’s time to eat, and the Sea trout bite in on.
Locating trout during a transitional season takes some planning and switching bait tactics. Most of the “big boys” have been found in less than two feet of water, on an incoming tide using artificial jerk baits to grab their attention.
The shallow hard bottom off of Ozello to Chassahowitzka point is holding the most fish. My clients have been landing the biggest fish using white and bubble gum colored jerk baits.
Redfish and trout are using the same general area to feed this time of year. It’s best to work the outside points on the mangrove fringe between Homosassa and Ozello. Positioning the boat and your bait quietly on last two hours of an incoming tide will produce the best results. The water temperature is still a bit chilly for reds to start biting using artificial bait, the scent and a shallow water presentation of a live shrimp under a popping cork is an anglers best tactic to land a Red.
For some hot on the spot action in 6-10 feet of water Spanish Mackerel have been hanging around small rock piles hunting small bait fish. The best tactic to use to catch these quick to the bite fish is to anchor up tide from a rock pile and lower down a chum bag to get the dinner bell ringing. . Free lining shrimp into the chum line will produce an action packed fishing experience.
Captain Don is a shallow water Flats Fishing Guide and Homosassa Guides Association Member based out of Homosassa, Florida. More information about fishing with Captain Don can be found at his website www.flatschancecharters.com or by calling the captain at (32) 302-8997.
As I write this report the weather outside stinks and not much fishing the last few days because of it. I do believe though as the weather turns more favorable later in the week, so should the fishing.
Trout might be back up in the mouths of the deeper creeks and rivers like Mason Creek, Little Homosassa River and St. Martins River. Good moving water is a plus and if you do get some incoming tide, enough to cover the shallow rocks on the flats there will be larger fish near them.
I’ve found a few redfish and one of the best areas was between Chassahowitzka Point and Blue Bay. There were plenty of slot size fish and some overslot reds. The topwater action was great. The nearshore rocks are attracting plenty of spanish mackerel and I’ve also caught a few around the spoil banks along with trout and a 14lb. snook.
This coming Saturday, March 3rd I’m a guest speaker at the Tampa Tribune Outdoors Expo and Boat Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds. My seminar will begin at 12:30p.m. at the AAA Casting Pond and the subject is Nature Coast Fishing 101. I will talk about how to be more successful while fishing and boating in the Homosassa area and beyond. Please bring your questions because I’m going to do my best to explain the best areas, time of year for certain species, best baits and the very important part of staying of the rocks. I hope to see ya there!! Capt. William Toney www.homosassainshorefishing.com
Shallow water action with reds was good during the past week. Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay and the Terra Ceia Bay area with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with catch and release snook, reds and trout on flies and jigs during the past week. We also caught a few scattered Spanish mackerel mixed with trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.
Glen Elia, from CT, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday afternoon. The action wasn’t fast, but he caught and released a few trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly along the east side of the bay. Wes Demmon, from Chicago, fished Terra Ceia Bay with me on Tuesday. He caught and released 3 nice reds to 26” on CAL jigs with shad tails and about a dozen trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Tony Merlis, from NH, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. It was Tony’s first time fly fishing in saltwater and he did well. He caught and released trout to 17” and Spanish mackerel on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly along the west side of the bay.
The best trip of the week was when Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, and Gary Roberts, from Bradenton, fished the Terra Ceia Bay area with me on Thursday. They caught and released 7 reds to 24”, 3 snook and a few trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. A great trip! With water temperatures in the low 70’s on shallow flats, especially in back country area, we are seeing snook moving onto shallow flats to feed.
Longboat Key and Sarasota winter residents, Nick Reding and Mike Perez, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. It was very windy, so we waded several flats and bars along the west side of Sarasota Bay and caught and released a pair of reds and a few trout on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly.
Next week’s tides are better early in the week and then get weaker as they shift to 2-tide days later in the week. Reds and trout should move over shallow grass at the top of the tide, especially on sunny afternoons. Catch and release night snook fishing in the ICW should also be a good option. Check the coastal gulf for Spanish mackerel, false albacore (little tunny), tripletail and more when conditions are good.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
www.flyfishingflorida.net and www.snookfin-addict.com
Spring is in the air and water
By Capt. Ray Markham
Anglers fishing aboard my 1820 Action Craft Flatsmaster SE Hybrid, the Flat Back II reeled in Inshore Grand Slams of snook, trout, and redfish this week, while fishing the waters of Terra Ceia Bay. The single most important feature in our fishing over the past month has been the extraordinarily high water temperature we’re encountering in the bay and near shore waters. This week I encountered water temperatures up to 74.9-degrees on the flats in the early afternoon hours. Normally our water temperature inshore in the warmest areas will hit the low 60’s for an afternoon high temperature. These kinds of conditions are normally are seen in late April and May. With that said, I’m using my late spring tactics in lure choice for the species we’re targeting.
While winter fishing, I would throw the DOA Shrimp most times because shrimp are what most fish inshore are feeding on, and it’s the most prevalent bait on the flats and backcountry. Right now, I’m throwing CAL Jerk baits and MirrOlure Lil’ John Jerk baits rigged on either very light jig heads or a CAL Long Neck worm hook to imitate the needlefish on the flats and at canal, creek, and river mouths. Big trout love these and will devour them, given the chance. On the open flats, I’ll work the CAL Shad rigged on a ¼-ounce jig head for trout, flounder, redfish, and snook. These lures look like glass minnows or killifish, favorite baits for about everything that swims inshore right now. The CAL Shad caught some nice reds and snook this week.
For some really fun action, nothing beats topwater lure fishing. Watching big fish blast a lure out of the water and take off with it in its mouth is well worth the price of admission. For these lures, I choose baitfish imitations that are similar to menhaden, finger mullet, small trout, or scaled sardines. One of my go-to lures is the MirrOlure Top Dog, a large walking lure. The veteran of the bunch for big gator trout is the 5M MirrOlure propeller bait. These lures make some extreme surface commotion, creating flash, foam, spray, and sound, and will attract some huge trout. Our largest trout this week was a hefty fish taping out at about 22-inches. A nrumber of trout over 20-inches were caught. One of my criteria for lure choice is water temperature. With spring-like conditions and water temperatures pushing 75-degrees, fish will feed on the surface on the flats in depths up to 4 or 5 feet deep. The Shallow Running DOA Baitbuster can produce some impressive speckled trout too when fishing the early hours of the day in less than a foot of water.
The weather for this February is nothing like it normally is, but then again, neither is the fishing. Spring time fishing is spectacular, and this is what we’re experiencing right now. I anticipate this action to continue and even to improve over the next several months, when eyes turn to the silver king! ‘Til then…I’ll catch ya later!
Capt. Ray Markham runs the Flat Back II out of Terra Ceia, specializing in light tackle fishing with artificial lures using spin, plug, and fly tackle and can be reached for charter at (941) 228-3474.
Reds, Trout, and Pompano still in abundance here in Crystal River. The bight started off with a bang when we arrived to the first hole to start Trout fishing. We even caught a bonus fish being a Pompano on that spot. Paul, Jeffry, and Paul sr. were throwing 1/4 ounce jig heads loaded with live shrimp to capture the Trout and Pompano and even jumped several Ladyfish while there. Them it was time to start chasing some Reds. We went tho the next spot and the Reds were there but they were so spooky that we could not even get close enough to them with the baits before they blew out of the hole. On to the next spot as it began to sprinkle, I was up on the poling platform sneaking to the place where I had spotted some nice Reds the day before Jeffery made a long cast, as soon as the shrimp hit the water he yelled fish on! The bite continued for an hour or so and we limited out on the Reds.
Another successful day fishing with Capt. Kelly of SpotTailsCharters.
Hey there folks hope y’all had a good week. The fishing was fair this week. The cold front at the beginning of the week slowed the keeper trout down a bit. We are still catching big numbers of small trout with a keeper mixed in every now and then.
The reds moved back in the creeks at the beginning of the week. Then at the end of the week they were back on the points and oyster bars. That’s about it for this week. Stay safe and we’ll see you on the water.
There is still some time left to enjoy the small game season in the Citrus Wildlife Management Area that ends this month. The oak hammocks mainly on the south end of the management area hold good numbers of grey squirrels, that offers hunters some great opportunities. If you think your a good shot, squirrels will put you to the test as I found out on a recent squirrel expedition with Capt. Ray Markham. Ray and I would move though the woods together and it worked in our favor because one of us could keep an eye on the squirrel while the other moved in for the shot. I used my Ruger 10/22 rifle and I did achieve one good head shot but if a squirrel took off through the limbs it was hard to get a decent shot. Capt. Ray had the right gun for this chore with his .410 shotgun. We had a productive morning before the wind kicked up and bagged enough squirrels for a decent meal.
On the Nature Coast waters trout fishing is about as good as it gets with the best bite being on the incoming high tide. Rocky points and submerged rockpiles are the best spots for big trout. D.O.A. glow 5.5 jerk baits and MirrOlure Provokers in pumpkin seed/ chartreuse tail.
Good numbers of redfish have been around Pea Pass and the Ozello Keys. The best bait has been Eppinger Rex 1/4oz. spoon. On the nearshore rocks good numbers spanish mackerel are being caught on live shrimp after they are chum up with White Marsh chum bags. Look for incoming tide this coming weekend in the afternoon with a new moon on Wednesday.
Capt. William Toney www.homosassainshorefishing.com
Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with catch and release snook, reds, speckled trout, silver trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on flies and jigs during the past week. The best action was with reds and trout in skinny water.
Tony Wheeler, from Wheeling, WV, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on Monday afternoon, 2/13. He caught and released 3 snook on a Clouser fly while fishing docks near Spanish Point. He also caught and released several trout and ladyfish on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly over deep grass in the same area. Tom and Frank Wright, both from OH, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday afternoon, 2/14. They caught and released a pair of reds to 5-pounds and an over slot trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and weedless rigged CAL shad tails near Bishop Point.
Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, and Steve Liska, from NJ, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday afternoon, 2/15. They caught and released 8 or 10 trout to 22” and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails near Bishop Point and Long Bar. Larry Shedden, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, did an instructional fly fishing trip with me on Thursday, 2/16. He went from never having a fly rod in his hand to casting 50’ or more by the end of the trip. He put it all together when he sight fished a 4-pound trout out of a pothole in skinny water on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly!
Jerry Scranton, his cousin, Gary and stepson, Jeff, all from IL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 2/17. They had good action with numerous silver trout to 16” and speckled trout to 19”, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and black sea bass on CAL jigs with shad and grub tails.
Next week’s negative low tides in the morning will concentrate reds and trout in potholes of Sarasota Bay as we head away from a new moon. Fish should move over shallow grass at the top of the tide, especially on sunny afternoons. Catch and release night snook fishing in the ICW should also be a good option.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
www.flyfishingflorida.net and www.snookfin-addict.com
Hey there folks hope y’all are staying warm. The Trout bite was real good on the flats around Cedar Key this past week. I did not get on the water this weekend do to all the wind.
The Red Fish are still on the points and oyster bars. They are not abundant but there are a few.
Well folks that’s it for this week. Stay safe and we’ll see you on the water.