Chumming, the key to fishing success in Sarasota
Siesta Key fishing can be HOT in the summer time!
Clients on Sarasota fishing charters are often surprised when I tell them that some of the best fishing of the year off of Siesta Key, in Sarasota, FL occurs in the hottest months; June, July, and August. Most mornings produce six or eight different species along with steady action and good numbers. The key this time of year is “chumming” with live bait.
The first thing required is a well full of bait. This requires a large baitwell, good pump, and a cast net. Baitfish are seen dimpling on the surface and it usually only takes a few minutes to load up on frisky baits. Then, the boat is anchored up-tide and up-wind of a likely grass flat in five to eight feet of water, and the chumming begins. Handfuls of live fish are tossed out behind the boat and is does not take long for the gamefish to show up!
This is very easy fishing and great for families with kids. Long casts are not required and there will be so many bites that if a bunch of strikes are missed it is no big deal. Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, jack crevelle, bluefish, ladyfish, gag grouper, snapper, catfish and sharks are commonly caught using this technique. The only negative is that it is hot and an early start is a must! Give me a call if you want to experience this fast action, Capt Jim