Fishing Siesta Key Blog

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...

Steady fishing on charter in Sarasota this morning.

Steady fishing on charter in Sarasota this morning.

Clients on a Sarasota fishing charter did well this morning casting Bass Assassin jigs while drifting deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay and at the mouth of New Pass.  Speckled trout, bluefish, gag grouper,...

False albacore showing up on Siesta Key fishing charters!

False albacore showing up on Siesta Key fishing charters!

A couple of strong cold fronts moved through Florida, resulting in water temperature hovering around 70 degrees.  This has triggered the false albacore and Spanish mackerel to school up in the inshore Gulf of...

Sarasota fishing charters for snook in area rivers

Sarasota fishing charters for snook in area rivers

It was nearing dusk as I eased my jon boat around a sharp bend in the river. A dead oak tree was lying in the water; a very likely fish-holding spot. Bonnie cast out...

Siesta Key fishing charters produce in the wind.

Siesta Key fishing charters produce in the wind.

Clients on Siesta Key fishing charters did well this week, despite having to deal with a stiff easterly breeze.  Anglers did well casting Gulp Shrimp on a 1/4 ounce jig head, catching several species...

Surface action pleases clients on Siesta Key fishing charters

Surface action pleases clients on Siesta Key fishing charters

It seems like fall is finally arriving, even though it has still been quite warm.  The large schools of decent sized pilchards disappeared this week, and gamefish were found foraging on small glass minnows...