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Fishing Reports: Mid April

Hear about the latest news on fishing in Sarasota County from experts in the area

Reports from CB's Saltwater Outfitters.

From Capt. Terry Simmons ...

Inshore: Anglers on my boat “Coastal Fishing Adventures” out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key caught and released several species of fish, including Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, spotted sea trout, bluefish, pompano, sheepshead, Jack crevelle and flounder, using DOA shad tail lures on 1/4 to 3/8oz jig-heads on a moving tide in deeper grass flats. We also used live pilchards to catch spotted sea trout and snook along the mangroves and in pot holes on the shallow flats.

Nearshore Gulf: Anglers caught Spanish mackerel and small sharks using live shrimp, pilchards and DOA shad tail lures on3/8oz redhead jigs while working the birds and channels on a moving tide.

Night snook: The Marrano brothers, from western panhandle of New York, fished at night with me and caught 5 redfish with the largest being 27” and 8 snook, the largest was 26”. We worked lighted docks around the bay using live shrimp.

“Even though the weather, moon and tides have been challenging, anglers were eager to go on an adventure and caught and released or kept a fish or two to enjoy for dinner and all had a great time.”

From Capt. Rick Grassett ...

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay and caught and released snook, reds, trout and flounder in the Terra Ceia area and snook at night in the ICW on flies and CAL jigs with shad during the past week. A persistent wind made fishing challenging, but fish cooperated.

Jack and Chris Detweiler, from PA, fished dock lights in the ICW with me on Sunday night. With a wind forecast of 25-mph + for Monday, we opted to snook fish the night before. They each caught and released their first snook and had steady action on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly!

Barry Slee, from Lake Forest, IL, and Paul Browring, from the UK, fished a couple of days in the Terra Ceia area with me on Tuesday and Thursday. They had good action catching and releasing a total of more than 15 snook, several reds, flounder and a Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria Island and Gary Marple, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday and Jim Festa and Rich Nastan, both also from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. They had some action with trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday, which was last school of the spring season. Classes will resume in the fall but in the meantime, I’m available for private fly casting instruction.

Look for action in the coastal gulf to take off with king and Spanish mackerel, cobia and tripletail. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should also be good options on deep grass flats and passes of Sarasota Bay. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with snook and reds when conditions are good. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures continues to be a good option.

From Capt. Jim Klopfer ...

Clients on fishing charters out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters this week did pretty well despite breezy conditions.  Winds were up around 20 knots early in the week before a strong front moved through on Thursday, shutting down the fishing for a couple of days.  Big Sarasota Pass offered some protection from the wind and provided decent action on ladyfish, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, and snapper.  Schools of bait moved into the bay and netting some and fishing docks and mangrove shorelines in Robert's Bay on the Siesta Key side produced snook, jack crevelle, and snapper.  By the weekend the pass was once again full of ladyfish while fishing the flats on the east side of the bay resulted in sporadic action on trout and ladyfish.   East winds are forecast all week and action should resume back in the Gulf of Mexico.Sarasota fishing repor