Siesta Key fishing is as hot as the weather!
The fishing has been VERY good of late in Sarasota Bay on the north side of Siesta Key. Clients experienced steady action on a variety of species. Speckled trout head the list, but bluefish, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, jack crevelle, ladyfish, sharks, catfish, and more were taken on a daily basis. The key to the bite has been the influx of huge schools of bait; fish will always be where the food is. Due to the heat, this is a morning bite. Fishing charters start first light and finish up late morning.
The ability to throw a cast net is required, as is a large bait well with a good pump that continually recirculates the water. The water temperature is quite high, up around 88 degrees, and the bait needs a lOT of fresh water to stay alive. Plenty of bait is need as most of the bait is just thrown out behind the boat. This is called "chumming" and brings the fish in close and gets them in the mood to bite.