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Steve Gibson (SteveGibson) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Fishing slowed somewhat during the last week, but we still managed respectable snook catches along the beach.
Mostly fly fishing, we landed snook to 31 inches on assorted flies. The top producer, of course, was my D.T. Special (variation).
Tackle include 6- to 8-weight fly rods, floating or sinktip lines, 15-pound leaders with 20- to 25-pound fluorocarbon bite tippets.
Pilchards and glass minnows are packed along the shoreline. So flies should be tied to match the size of the bait.
In addition to snook, we’ve been getting jack crevalle, flounder, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, redfish, mangrove snapper and small grouper. Sizeable flounder are moving into the surf in preparation their annual fall spawn.
Ed Hurst of Sarasota fished with me and landed a redfish. We also fared well on small snook to 24 inches.
Ken Taylor of North Port joined me for a beach outing and we landed three snook, a dozen jack crevalle, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel and flounder. Taylor used spinning tackle and got his fish on D.O.A. Shrimp and a Yo-Zuri 3D Fingerling.
Snook action should remain good through the end of the month. This is the ultimate sight-fishing experience, with fish to 35 inches and up definite possibilities.
Large redfish could make an appearance in the surf as they prepare to spawn.
Fishing around Sarasota Bay is producing spotted seatrout, ladyfish, jack crevalle, bluefish and Spanish mackerel over the deep grass flats. Redfish and snook are rated fair around the mangroves.
In fresh water, heavy rain has raised the water level in rivers and lakes. River fishing is slow, but lake action has been good. Top spot is Lake Manatee, where bass, bluegill, shellcracker and channel catfish are hitting poppers, nymphs, Wooly Buggers and Myakka Minnows.
Schooling bass should start in at Lake Manatee soon.
Steve Gibson (SteveGibson) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Sight-fishing snook in the surf continues to be our main activity. There are some big fish cruising the beaches and providing fun.
We’ve been average six snook per outing. They range in size from 22 to more than 30 inches. The largest we’ve taken this season is a 39-incher.
This is mainly a fly-fishing game. Our equipment consists for 8-weight fly rod, floating or sinktip line, 20-pound leader and 25-pound shock leader. Fly of choice is the D.T. Special (variation).
Ken Taylor of North Port, Fla., fished with us on Wednesday. We managed five snook to 28 inches. On Thursday, Scott Dempsey of Tampa was our guest. We caught and released six snook to 29.5 inches, a small gag grouper and a larger flounder – all on D.T. Specials.
You never know what you’re going to experience on these outings. On a trip two weeks ago, we landed 15 snook to 39 inches (six of more than 28), three redfish to 32, a blue runner, several jack crevalle and jumped three tarpon in excess of 100 pounds. Days like that don’t have often, but they’re certainly possible.
Beach snook action should remain good through September. It will continue until the first severe cold front pushes through and the fish leave the beaches and head into the backcounty.
Bay fishing has been producing fair action on spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, ladyfish, snook and redfish.
In fresh water, look for improved bass, bluegill, shellcracker and channel catfish.
We’ll begin out Everglades outings in late fall when the water level goes down. We target largemouth bass, bluegill, speckled perch, shellcracker and exotics like peacock bass, oscar and Mayan cichlid. These are exciting trips during which anglers sometimes catch 100 fish or more.
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