THIS IS THE FISHING REPORT FROM CAPT. THOM SMITH OF: FLATS LADY CHARTERS & ANGLER'S REPAIR, Bradenton, Fl 941-795-6711 & 776-1187 e-mail email@example.com
MARCH 11, 2001
OFFSHORE: After a week of lots of wind and a cold front, water temperatures dropped about 6 degrees and pretty much shut everything down. Now we're experiencing a nice warming trrend, and in the last two days, anglers fishing offshore report some Kingfish and Spanish mackeral around the Artificial Reefs.
In closer to the beach, cobia have picked up and a few trippletail have been taken by anglers working the crabtrap bouys.
INSHORE / INSIDE: The action has been hit & miss, as the water is still stirred up and murky, due to the windy conditions. Early in the week, redfish, trout and sheepshead have been the most active. Live bait, like shrimp or white bait if you can find some have been the best producers. The fish are able to "hone in" on the live bait, by sensing the vibration and smell.
Trout seem to be concentrated along the edges of deeper grass flats and pot holes. The redfish have been in areas with shell hard bottom, oyster bars and alot of times, the like a combination of soft coral and shell rock type bottom. In places like these, they can root around and look for a crab, shrimp, or some little tidbit to feed on.
Snook have been slow, at least during the day. They may be feeding at night during the full moon period and be taking a break during athe day. Sheepshead have been steady and big. They are spawning out and alot have moved onto the flats and can be caught in the potholes. There are still alot around the docks and structure.
Hopefully this cold front was the last. Before the front, everything was active, including bait and tarpon. With a warm up, things should get better quick. Lets hope so, because we need it after the wicked winter we've experienced. It is nice to get back on the Flats and Mangrove shorelines looking for the big ones.
GOOD FISHING, CAPT. THOM SMITH OF FLATS LADY CHARTERS & ANGLER'S REPAIR. Bradenton, Fl 941-795-6711 & 776-1187 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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