Sarasota County Fishing Reports: January 25

This week’s fishing reports include catching snook, trout, redfish and sheepshead.

Charter captains operating out of CB’s Saltwater Outfittersreport that weather continues to be a determining factor in fishing as a couple of severe fronts moved through the area last week.

Captain Jim Klopfer’s fishing report:

Capt. Klopfer reports that while weather affected fishing, there were some windows where structure fishing in Big Pass was productive for sheepshead, mangrove snapper, black sea bass, grouper and ladyfish.

The grass flats in the bay were loaded with good-sized ladyfish, a few trout and Spanish mackerel. Canals and creeks produced sheepshead, snapper, drum and jacks as well.

Anglers had a tough time on Monday as it was the day after a front. By Wednesday, the fishing action was non-stop fishing the bottom in Big Pass. By the end of the week Friday and Saturday, windy weather prevented charter operations.

Captain Rick Grassett’s fishing report:

Capt. Grassett caught and released snook, trout and redfish on jigs with shad tails this past week. He also reported cold air and water, wind, and rain caused the cancellation of a couple of trips.

Where the temperature was more stable, the fishing was best. Capt. Grassett recommends looking for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. Trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel should be a good option on deeper flats of Sarasota Bay. Catch and release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges can also be an option as long as the water temperatures don’t dip too low.

Read more fishing reports and learn more about Capt. Grassett and Klopfer’s fishing advice here.