Fishing Report August 8
My Sarasota fishing report August 8 includes some decent fishing on the deep grass flats in the middle of north Sarasota Bay. Unfortunately, red tide moved into the area, shutting down both Big Sarasota Pass and New Pass. The best water was north of New Pass.
Clients on Siesta Key fishing charters had success on grass flats in five feet to ten feet of water. The areas with the "cleanest" water and devoid of red tide were up north in the middle of Sarasota Bay. Bishop's Pt., Buttonwood, Long Bar, and Stephen's Pt. were the top spots. Speckled trout were numerous, along with ladyfish. Bluefish and decent sized jack crevelle were found busting baits on the surface. Mangrove snapper, Key West grunts, and black drum were caught on the flats and near structure. Gulp Shrimp and live shrimp were the most productive baits.
Red tide strategies
Red tide does throw a monkey wrench into the fishing. The biggest issue is dealing with the daily changes. This week was a good example of this. On Monday, we has fast action at a spot, basically spending the entire charter there. On Tuesday, red tide had creeped in and the bite was much slower. A move north resulted in better action and cleaner water. Jigs are good for locating fish under these conditions. Casting jigs and other artificial lures allows anglers to cover as much water as possible to find some fish.
Another strategy that can prove to be productive is fishing canals and creeks that are kind of out of the way. These more remote areas can be less affected by red tide. Snapper, drum, grunts, catfish, and other species were caught this week by anglers. Shrimp fished on the bottom with a small hook and a small split shot woked well. A change in wind direction will also affect the red tide and fishing. The key is just to keep moving and keep fishing! This concludes my fishing report August 8.