Bait; the key to summertime fishing
Siesta Key fishing charters
The number one key to being succesful on fishing trips in the warmer months in Siesta Key and Sarasota Florida is simple; find the groceries, find the fish. Hordes of bait fish come in through both Big Pass on the north end of Siesta Key and New Pass between Lido and Longbopat Key. These bait fish then move to the nearby grass flats and the gamefish are right behind them. Almost and grass flat will hold both bait and therefore predators such as speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, jacks, and more. Docks and other structure will attract snook and redfish. The speckled trout and mangrove snapper fishing in particular has been VERY good this summer.
Early in the morning and again in the afternoon the fish can be fooled by anglers using artificial lures. Topwater plugs are quite exciting while a 3" shad tail jig will fool a variety of species. Once the sun is up live bait will dramatically increase the odds of success. With bait so readily available, filling the well usually only takes a few minutes. The best technique on is to then anchor over some deep grass and chum the fish up behind the boat. Despite the abundance of bait, the fish will respond to handfulls of bait being tossed into the water. Use a #1/0 hook on a 24" piece of 30 lb leader and a small split shot.