Fishing Report from Pathfinder Pro Staffer Capt. Jeremy Lee

Sarasota Bay is full of solid options right now for the inshore fisherman, but first lets talk about the near shore and beach bite. It has been a great option as well. When I talk about the near shore bite I am referring to the reefs and ledges inside 9 miles just off of Sarasota's beaches. This has become a very popular fishery lately with limits of mangrove snapper, red grouper, and hog snapper coming over the gunnels. You will also catch loads of grunts, big sheepshead, flounder , and the occasional big gag grouper will be a nice catch and release surprise. I always stay rigged and ready with a cobia rod as well. You never know when these guys will show up and being rigged and responding quickly is the most important part. Triple tail is a great option also. There have been some very large 3-Tails caught around here this year. Live shrimp, pilchards, and shrimp flies all work well on these awesome looking and delicious fish. Look for east winds or no wind and head on out there. A good bottom machine is a must and the side scan features on the new bottom machines make finding these ledges and structure very easy and save you a ton of time.

Our inshore bite has been pretty good as well. Pompano, Sea Bass, Spanish Mackerel, sea trout, ladyfish, bluefish, and big jacks have been regulars on the deeper grass in 3-6 feet of water. Good strong current flow is the key to this right now. The pompano fishing is as good as it gets right about now. Catching them is all about the right tidal flow. I like to work a hard incoming tide in the passes or a grass flat just inside big or new pass. The bass assassin sea shad in golden brim on a gold 1/4 oz jig head will do the trick just fine. Pomps are suckers for gold around here!

Redfish and big trout will continue to get better as we get closer to the moon tides this weekend and next week. Cold fronts are always approaching this time of year, so the key is to pick your days wisely. For the best success focus on the potholes amongst the turtle grass and red moss in North Sarasota bay and Anna Maria Sound. We also will continue to see big snook on the flats until a consistent push of cold air drops water temps and pushes them back into the creeks. That push could be coming very soon, so enjoy that while you can! Have fun and be safe.

Capt. Jeremy Lee
Pathfinder Pro Staffer

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