Nice Snook for Siesta Key angler
Mitch French had a great morning on a Siesta Key fishing charter the other morning. We were fishing for speckled trout in six feet of water using small pilchards. He got a bite and the fish took off on a long run. I puulled the anchor and chased down the mystery fish. After a five minute battle, the fish came to the net. It turned out to be a very nice snook! Snook are in the passes right now and out on the beach. However, it is very unusual to catch one on the open grass flats like that. A most welcome surprise!
Siesta Key Fishing Report:
Nice snook are certainly a prized species for Siesta Key anglers, most trips included children and inexperienced clients. These types of charters dictate that action and variety be the focus of the trip. The deep grass flats throughout the area are holding good numbers of speckled trout and ladyfish, with jacks, gag grouper, mangroce snapper, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and sharks mixed in. Most flats in 6' to 10' of water with grass on the bottom produced fish. Marker #5, Radio Tower, Middlegrounds, Bishop's Pt, and Stephen's Pt. were the top spots for me this week.
We used a couple different techniques to catch fish this week. I started out at first light casting jigs. Fish are generally more active at this time of day, especially in summer. Also, I don't want to spend this prime time catching bait. Some days the jig bite holds up all morning. Other days it slows down, at which point I go catch bait. Chumming with live bait fish is a deadly technique that rarely fails to produce. Fishing should continue to be good all summer. Afternoon rains are important as they cool the water off. Water temperatures in the low 80's are ideal for this time of year. Gamefish will be active and bait easy to catch and keep alive.