July 25 Siesta Key fishing report
Siesta Key fishing report for July 25
Weather was a bit of an issue this week for clients on Siesta Key fishing charters. Morning storms forced me to cancel a couple of trips. Still, my July 25 Siesta Key fishing report is a positive one!
Speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, flounder, sea bass, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, jack crevelle, ladyfish, and catfish were landed on the deep grass flats. Clients did equally well casting jig heads with a Gulp Shrimp and chumming with live bait. Middlegrounds and Bishop's Pt were the top spots. Small snook took shrimp under docks in New Pass.
The weather was certainly a bit different this week for anglers going out on a Siesta Key fishing charter. We were greeted at first light with fairly breezy and stormy conditions. The wind was out of the southwest, which allowed us to work the west side of Sarasota Bay. These are actually great conditions under which to cast jigs. A ten knot breeze is perfect to move the boat across the flats. It also puts a bit of a chop on the surface. This is just enough to break up the light, without being rough for clients. The cloud cover also helps, and it keeps anglers from getting too hot.
However, clouds and wind results in making bait much more difficult to catch. I was able to find a protected flat where the bait was bunched up pretty good. It was still small, but large enough to not get "gilled" in the net. Chumming was very producting, luring in some nice trout and mangrove snapper, along with other species.
Snook are still schooled up in both Big Sarasota Pass on the north side of Siesta Key and New Pass between Lido Key and Longboat Key. Any structure is likely to hold snook. Large live pilchards are the best bait, but have been difficult to catch. A large, live shrimp worked well. Artificial lures such ass Rapala plugs can be productive first thing in the morning. That concludes my July 25 Siesta Key fishing report.