Author: Capt Jim

Fast fishing on Siesta Key over the Easter holiday!

Fast fishing on Siesta Key over the Easter holiday!

Clients fishing Siesta Key the last couple of weeks experienced very good action on the deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay and in both New Pass and Big Sarasota Pass.  Speckled trout and ladyfish...

Weather continues to be a factor on Siesta Key

Weather continues to be a factor on Siesta Key

Strong weather systems continue to move through Sarasota, affecting the fishing.  Strong winds make it unsafe to venture out and also churns up the water.  The key to angling success after the front is...

Good fishing in Sarasota between weather systems

Good fishing in Sarasota between weather systems

After a fabulous February, we have been experiencing some unsettled weather in March.  Weekly fronts moved through bringing strong winds and a bit of rain.  Action on the deep grass flats has been very...

Strong sheepshead fishing in Sarasota and Siesta Key

Strong sheepshead fishing in Sarasota and Siesta Key

The annual sheepshead run is in full swing as these tasty and hard-fighting saltwater panfish have invaded the area in big numbers.  Structure in both Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass as well as...

Big snook caught on a Sarasota river fishing charter!

Big snook caught on a Sarasota river fishing charter!

Unseasonably warm weather has the water temperature above normal for mid-February, which may result in river fishing coming to an end shortly.  However, ther are still a few nice one around to thrill anglers. ...

Sheepshead fishing good off of the Sarasota beaches.

Sheepshead fishing good off of the Sarasota beaches.

Calm winds and flats seas produced excellent conditions to bottom fish the artificial reefs off of Sarasota.  Clients on a Siesta Key fishing charter had great fun this morning, catching several nice sheepshead up...

Sarasota flats fishing improving with the weather

Sarasota flats fishing improving with the weather

Fishing on the deep grass flats in north Sarasota Bay improved as the water temperature rose to the mid 60's.  Large expanses of submerged grass at Bishop' Pt. and Buttonwood Harbor held a lot...

Cool weather dictates Siesta Key winter patterns

Cool weather dictates Siesta Key winter patterns

Persistent fronts have kept the water temperature in the upper 50s in Sarasota Bay, resulting in a change in tactics for clients on Siesta Key fishing charters.  Fishing on the deeper flats has slowed...

Bottom fishing produces on Siesta Key fishing charters

Bottom fishing produces on Siesta Key fishing charters

A series of cold fronts moved through the area, dropping the water temperature into the low to mid 50s.  This scattered the fish off of the flats and a switch in tectics was required. ...

Fishing patterns change for Siesta Key and Sarasota anglers

Fishing patterns change for Siesta Key and Sarasota anglers

Severe cold fronts have drastically changed the fishing in Sarasota since New Years Day.  Water temperatures dropped twenty degrees, down to near 50 degrees!  The deep flats are just too cold and the water...

Fast fishing action to end the year on Siesta Key

Fast fishing action to end the year on Siesta Key

Holidays mean family fishing for clients booking Siesta Key fishing charters with me.  The best bet for bending the rods and catching fish is to drift the grass beds in 6' to 10' of...

Good holiday fishing in Sarasota and Siesta Key!

Good holiday fishing in Sarasota and Siesta Key!

Unseasonably mild weather has resulted in solid fishing here in Sarasota and out on Siesta Key and Lido Key.  Anglers fishing Siesta Key are having success casting 1/4 ounce Bass Assassin jigs over grass...

Cold snap triggers good river fishing in Sarasota

Cold snap triggers good river fishing in Sarasota

Recent cold snaps dropped the water temperature down into the low 60's and got the fish moving up into local rivers and canals.  Snook, jack crevelle, redfish, and more mix in with the freshwater...

Hot bite in Sarasota this morning!

Hot bite in Sarasota this morning!

I had a fun and productive Siesta Key fishing charter this morning with Tony Heinl and his son Tyler.  The wind was slack early and we found some breaking fish, catching several on jigs. ...

Fantastic false albacore fishing in Sarasota!

Fantastic false albacore fishing in Sarasota!

The fishing in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Siesta Key and Lido Key beaches has been nothing short of fantastic this fall!  False albacore, also know as bonito, little tunny, fat Alberts...