Spanish mackerel showing up in Sarasota Bay
Recent rains have caused the water temperature to drop a few degrees, down into the mid 80's. That, coupled with abundant baitfish has resulted in some nice sized Spanish mackerel showing up in my chum. By "chum", I mean the handfuls of threadfin herring that I toss out behind the boat that I use to attract mackerel, trout, snapper, and other species to my anglers. The Spanish mackerel are more aggressive, often times boiling on the surface. And there is no mistaking when one takes a bait, nothing we catch on the flats is fastter than an angry Spanny-Mack!! Clients on my Sarasota fishing charters are catching several on each trip, with about as many cutting us off with their razor-sharp teeth.