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. On my charters this past week clients fished with live and frozen shrimp near structure in and around Big Sarasota Pass on the north end of Siesta Key. These bottom dwelling species do not seem as bothered by the colder, dirtier water that we get when it is cold and breezy. Sheepshead, mangrove and lane snapper, gag grouper, and grunts provided steady action, though moving around was required to dial the fish in. The most productive technique was fishing shrimp right on the bottom and patiently waiting for a bite, the fish were less active in the cold water. Bottom fishing produces this time of year. This bite should continue all winter for anglers visiting Sarasota.