August 1 fishing report
August 1 fishing report for Sarasota and Siesta Key
Speckled trout were the highlight of my August 1 fishing report for Sarasota and Siesta Key. Speckled trout to 23" were landed by clients on Siesta Key fishing charters. The deep grass flats near New Pass were the top spots. The Middlegrounds, Country Club Shores, Radio Tower, and Bishop's Pt. produced a lot of fish.
Clients casting Bass Assassin jigs and Gulp Shrimp on a 1/4 ounce jig head and chumming with live bait produced on the deep grass flats this week. Speckled trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, jack crevelle, gag grouper, mangrove snapper, and other species were landed. The grass flats in 6 feet to 8 feet of water near New Pass were the most productive spots. Clients on Siesta Key fishing charters also caught small snook and nice mangrove snapper in the rocks at the north end of Siesta Key using live shrimp.
Weather was once again an issue for anglers fishing Siesta Key this week. Morning storms cancelled a couple of trips and breezy conditions make things a bit tough on a couple of other charters. Still, persistent anglers found success fishing the deep grass flats. We started off most trips by casting jigs to take advantage of the first light bite. Gulp Shrimp worked the best. As the fishing slowed, swithching over to live bait worked well. I caught bait on the bars near New Pass. Though the bait was on the small side, it was just large enough to catch and cast.
Snook in the passes
Both Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass are holding good numbers of snook. They bite very well at night under the lighted docks and New Pass Bridge. They can also be caught in the morning and afternoon on live and artificial baits. Some decent mangrove snapper are in there as well.