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2012-1-27 Another beautiful week in Venice, Fl. paradise.
The weather has been awesome and fishing continues to get better each week. We caught pompano, trout, redfish, sheepshead and snook this past week. Each day was a little different but all were good. Of course we have some ladyfish and other species to help add action in between the gamefish. Fishing has not been fast and furious like spring time yet but we are usually catching at least twenty fish and some days many more. We had two on at a time, “double headers” of trout, snook, and ladyfish several times this past week. With the fair weather more folks seem to be deciding to go fish this year. Maybe our economy is improving finally because I am defiantly doing more trips this season. I’m sure the warm sunny days help too.
I was presently surprised to find minnows abundant on both Wednesday and Thursday’s trips. Finding whitebait and threadfins in January is most unusual, go figure? We did manage to catch some bigger trout, up to twenty-four inches, and nice reds plus several snook on Thursday with the minnows. Shrimp under rattle corks has been the ticket most days. The trick seams to be to make noise with the corks with short, sharp jerks every minute or so. The bubbles and noise seems to really help call fish in; if it’s not slick calm. Very calm days are more challenging so take it easy. I am using the electric motor frequently to move along shorelines and edges quietly. We pick up a few fish and move downwind a little every twenty minutes or so.
The few delicious pompano we did get were just mixed in while we were trout fishing deeper edges. Sheepshead are not thick yet but improving and should get much better if things cool off. They can be tricky to catch but eat great. We did get a windy front with some rain this AM which will bring temps back to normal; like lows in the fifties and highs into the mid and upper seventies.
Water temps ranged from low sixties early in the week to over seventy degrees in protected waters yesterday. My guess is this is why some snook bit once in a while.
I did see a few very small mackerel and little tunny striking in the minnows early mornings in the near shore Gulf, but the winds picked up so we did not get to try them outside last week. If the weather does not run those minnows south we could enjoy some unusual but wonderful action next month. We didn’t get any flounder last week because we were not jigging any. The corks kept our presentations above the grass in front of trout but away from flat bottom fish.
If warmer weather continues expect to see migratory action early this spring and summer. Please set up your snook, kingfish, and tarpon trips as soon as you can to insure your preferred dates. Life is great from Boca Grande to my south, up thru Englewood and north to Venice right now; and I’m smiling right here in the middle! Stump Pass and Lemon Bay waters have been clear and fishy so far this year.
Thank you and Let’s Go Fishin’ soon. Captain Van Hubbard <www.captvan.com>
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, snook and Spanish mackerel on jigs and flies during the past week. Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We waded and fly fished several bars on both sides of the bay. Reds were elusive for us that day, but Nick caught and released a few trout on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly.
Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and Gary Roberts, from Bradenton, FL fished Gasparilla Sound with me on Tuesday. They caught and released more than 40 trout to 17” and a snook on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and DOA Deadly Duos. With shallow water temperatures reaching close to 70 degrees in backcountry areas, we saw a few snook moving onto the flats to feed in the afternoon.
Tom Newman, from Oakton, VA, fished the coastal gulf and Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. We found a few false albacore (little tunny) working off Siesta Key, but they were up and down very fast. Tom got a fly in them a couple of times, but we couldn’t get right with them before they disappeared. We went back into Sarasota Bay where he caught and released about a dozen trout and a 4-pound Spanish mackerel on my Grassett Deep Flats Bunny fly at Stephens Point and Bishop Point. The biggest trout came out of a pothole in skinny water.
Pete Walocko and Richard Ives, both from MI, fished the same areas with me on Thursday. With an approaching front wind was an issue, but they managed to catch and release a few trout and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
Look for false albacore, tripletail and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf when sea conditions are good. Fishing shallow grass flats of Sarasota Bay for trout and reds and deep grass flats for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and pompano should be good options. 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
Tripletail fishing is what I had on the agenda for this past weekend. Saturday morning I went on a scouting trip to see if these fish were still hanging on the crab pot floats. Since Stone Crab is still in season there are plenty of crab pot floats up and down the beaches here in Sarasota county.
Saturday started out a little slow. With a breezy south wind, the Gulf of Mexico had a pretty good chop on it. Which made conditions for fishing these crab floats a challenge. After several casts to a half dozen Tripletail, I finally had one eat a DOA Gold glitter shrimp … mission accomplished!
Tony Paul from Venice, FL fished with me on Sunday. Weather conditions were a lot nicer than on Saturday. Running a line of crab pots from Big Pass in Sarasota to south of the Venice Inlet we were on the lookout for Tripletail.
Once we hit Venice Inlet we ran in to multiple schools of False Albacore (AKA) Bonita. We caught and released 5 fish using DOA CAL shad tail jigs and broke 2 more Albies off on the Fly rod. Heading back to Sarasota we spotted a Tripletail under a crab float, after several casts with a DOA gold glitter shrimp Tony caught his first Tripletail.
Hey there folks, hope all is well. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m thanking the Lord for this warm weather. The Speckled Trout have shown up again on the flats in Cedar Key and are hitting artificial lures like the Saltwater Assassin sea shad jig and MirrOLure’s MirrOdine. I look for the trout to hang around as long as we keep getting these warm spells. The Red Fish have also moved out of the creeks and are showing up on the rock points around Waccassassa River. Live shrimp under a cork works well for these fish. I have also heard about a few being caught on top water plugs. The Rock Bass are still plentiful on the shallow rocks and the sheep head will gather back up again on the next full moon. Good luck out there and we will see you on the water.
Saltwater Assassin Fishing Charters
On a recent Nature Coast Outdoors filming trip I had the opportunity to film with one of Hernando Counties best guides Capt. Josh Fritz. Leaving out of the very scenic town of Aripeka, the boat ride wasn’t long to the area Capt. Josh had been catching fish.
The weather was warm but the days before we went, the nights were down into the low 40′s and with this in mind I thought the fishing would be tough. Capt. Josh had other thought’s about tough fishing in the way of a big black drum that took me for a ride only to send me packing back to my tackle box to rerig after it broke my line. We fished the same backcountry spot for the next hour and caught some big black drum, trout, grey snapper, redfish and lady fish. I even spotted a couple of nice snook but had no takers.
A good friend of Capt. Fritz, Capt Keith Tomlinson called and let us know that the big trout bite was hot at his location. As we navigated the shallow waterway to the trout you could see the gelcoat on top of the rocks were others before had tried to get were we were going. After seeing this I’d take Capt. Josh advise and leave it up to his local knowledge of the area and it’s tides to get in and out safely.
The spot was good with a big trout on most every cast. We caught them on MirrOlure MirrOdines , LiL’ Johns and D.O.A. CAL Shads. After about 30 minute of non-stop trout spanking fun we called it a rap and when I looked at my watch we had done all this in less then 4 hours.
On the home front in Homosassa the bite has been good with pompano, trout, sheepshead and redfish. As long as this warm weather is around I believe the fishing should stay good and keep getting better. Incoming tide this weekend will be very late evening. Capt. William Toney www.homosassainshorefishing.com
Action slowed a little in Sarasota Bay this week as water temperatures dropped into the low 60’s. Action was better later in the day due to the cool water. Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound with me caught and released trout, pompano, flounder, bluefish and reds on jigs and flies during the past week.
A high school classmate from Seaford DE, Allen Handy and his wife, Jessye, drove up from Naples to fish Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We fished the east side of the bay from Stephens Point to the Marina Jack flat where they caught and released several trout to 18” on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Marshall Dinerman and his friend, Neil, from Atlanta, GA, fished the Middleground and Radio Tower Flats in Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday afternoon. They caught and released numerous trout to 18”, including 4 slot size fish, on CAL jigs with shad tails.
Tom Lamb, from Geneva, Switzerland and John Freeman, Jr. from Venice, FL, fished Gasparilla Sound with me on Wednesday. They caught and released trout to 18”, bluefish and a pair of reds on CAL jigs with shad tails. Following a front on Wednesday evening, Dave Wahl, from Sterling, IL and his brother-in-law, Don McKenna, from Milledgeville, IL fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. We fished the east side of the bay from Stephens Point to Long Bar and they had steady action with trout and a 3-pound plus pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails and my Grassett Flats Bunny fly. Dave caught and released the last fish of the day, a 4-pound plus gator trout out of a pothole on my Flats Minnow fly. It was fun to watch the big trout eat in the clear, shallow water!
Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. We waded several bars in north Sarasota Bay and action was slow. We didn’t see many mullet that day which is often the key to finding reds, although Nick caught and released a red and a trout on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Pete Pedersen, from MA, visited his dad Norm Pedersen in Sarasota and fished Sarasota Bay with me on Saturday morning. They caught trout, pompano, flounder and blues on CAL jigs with grub and shad tails. The best action was at the Middleground flat.
Next week’s negative low tides in the morning should concentrate reds and trout in potholes. In addition to trout, look for pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Afternoons may fish better than mornings due to cool water.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
www.flyfishingflorida.net and www.snookfin-addict.com
Fishing in this past week produced a variety of species on the deeper grass flats near the passes in Sarasota Bay.
Bob Spicer and his sons Blake and Chase from Cincinatti, Ohio fished with me on Sunday. While fishing the deeper flats near New Pass and Stephen’s Point in Sarasota. We caught and released Spotted Seatrout, Spanish Mackeral, Flounder and Ladyfish using DOA shadtail jigs in Greene and Glow/Goldrush colors.
Sarasota resident Josh Hund joined me for a night Snook fishing trip Tuesday night. We fished the docks and bridge fender lights in the ICW near Venice Inlet in Venice, FL. Where we caught and released Bluefish, Ladyfish and an Inshore Slam consisting of Snook, Spotted Seatrout and Redfish using Grassett’s Snook Minnow fly pattern and DOA shadtail jigs Glow/Holo Flk in color.
Capt. Andy Cotton
Clearwater and Tampa Bay Area Winter Fishing Report
Fishing has been very good this winter in Clearwater and the Tampa Bay fishing area. Our weather here on the west coast has held up for the most part with just a couple of cold snaps that sent the water temperature down below 60 degrees. The sunshine prevailed and temps bounced right back to the normal range of 60 to 65. The fish dislike a drastic change in temperature and will shut down for a few days after a cold front.
The bigger trout have moved into the bays of Clearwater and St. Joseph Sound and will hang around all winter till the water warms up in the spring. Locating the bigger trout is fairly easy as they tend to congregate together in the grass flats that are adjacent to channels and along the spoil islands that dot the bays. The big gator trout over 22 inches are a bit more difficult to find. They can be mixed in with the smaller schools or off on their own in another part of the bay. Searching different areas throughout the inland waters may pay off.
The redfish have been scattered around the shallow waters near the mangroves and are constantly moving. Locating any consistent action has been a daily chore. Cold fronts and extreme low tides keep moving the fish to different parts of the back waters. There are a few areas that small reds can be found with hopes of larger fish moving in this winter.
My trips have been consistent with good numbers of big trout and small redfish taking main stage. Dale, Pam, Jake and Zack joined up and landed lots of trout and a few redfish. They caught the fish using live shrimp under a float type set up. Moving around to different parts of the bay and back water was the ticket for success.
Bob, Christine and Robert had a cold day of catching up some big trout and a few reds. Christine scored the biggest trout at 20 inches and Robert had close second with a 19 inch beauty. We fished with live shrimp, mostly from the float set up around Clearwater and Dunedin bays.
We had a few days of sunshine to warm things up when John, Mike and Pat came out. They caught several dozen trout from 15 to 20 inches with a couple of them at the 20 inch mark. I don’t remember who caught the biggest trout because the competition was fierce. Mike did catch the biggest redfish and enjoyed bragging rights. A great time was had by all.
Brian was here in the US from Ireland on business and took a day off to test the waters of Clearwater and St. Joseph Sound. We were on a few redfish in the morning but none were very active. A cold front slide through a day earlier and the water temps dipped below 60 degrees. We relocated and found trout in the north Dunedin waters. Brian landed some 15 fish with the biggest around 19 inches. Also he scored on a nice 18 inch pompano in which he took back for dinner. There’s nothing better than a beautiful day of catching fish in 58 degree water.
As long as these cold fronts are not very strong, look for the fishing to continue at an increasing pace. We have had some beautiful days of fishing this January and I’m looking forward to more.
Capt. Gary Burch
We are still enjoying great weather and good fishing.
Our days have mostly been warm and sunny with temperatures frequently up almost to eighty degrees. The Gulf has been stirred up for a few days sometimes but settles fast; I fish mostly inside now anyway. Boat traffic is up with many folks cruising south to Boca Grande or north to Venice for lunch or dinner excursions, so we lots of different rigs daily. With the colder weather up north we have plenty of migratory birds that add entertainment to our outings.
We have caught a good variety recently including; snook, redfish, trout, pompano, ladyfish, sheepshead, catfish, etc… While the bite is not red hot like summertime action we have managed several double headers of snook, trout, and ladyfish this week. Our best action has been on warmer afternoons recently but that is because of cooler morning last week. Live shrimp have been the bait for most catches. We did get some pompano on jigs with shrimp treats. The rattle corks are the ticket right now, just remember to make noise with the corks and keep our feet quiet. Fish have been in unusual places recently and they keep moving around, it’s challenging everyday but fun.
With the winter staying so mild so far my guess is we should have an early spring. So please don’t wait too long to set up your March thru June fishing dates. Folks are starting to realize dates around Easter, Spring Break, and such go fast. It has been good to see snook while looking around and on our lines recently. We can not eat them anytime soon but we sure enjoy playing with em, they put a big smile on Alex’s face on Monday afternoon.
The dolphin, eagles, and other birds offer some memorable moments on most trips. The manatees are hiding back in the deeper protected waters right now but all the other critters are adding frequent smiles to our excursions. White pelicans are very abundant right now for example. We saw huge column of what I believe was sparrows on Monday down by Cape Haze near Englewood.
Tarpon and snook fishing, plus the big Spring migration of mackerel, sharks etc… will be here before you ready so get prepared now. Thank you for your support.
Captain Van Hubbard <www.captvan.com>
Hey there all you cold weather anglers . The bite in the Cedar Key area has slowed down a little on the trout due to the cold water. They have moved into the creeks and rivers like the Waccasassa. They can still be caught on jigs and live shrimp. I like to use a Saltwater Assassin jig in the sea shad pattern with a 1/4 to 1/2 oz jig head . The colors vary so start with your favorite and then rotate till you find one they like.
The Red Fish bite continues to be good. Most of the fish have moved back in the creeks with deep holes in them . Fish these creeks on a negative tide and move around till you find them. Shrimp or cut mullet on the bottom is your best bet. There has been a good bite of smaller reds in the Waccasassa River on jigs and live shrimp fished on the bottom.
Our SheepHead have finally turned on up in our area and they are some nice ones. The artificial reefs in 20 feet of water should be your best bet for steady action. Good luck out there and we will see you on the water.
Capt. Jimbo Keith
Saltwater Assassin Fishing