Capt. Bob Smith
From:Sarasota, Florida, USA
Registered: Sep 2000
posted 15 April 2001 18:31
April 15, 2001
Sarasota Fla. Fishing Report
By Capt. Bob Smith
Good weather and good fishing have been the word! By Saturday the kings were chewing as fast as you could get a live bait in the water. The baitfish were plentiful from the (I) reefs out to the (M) reefs in 25 to 50 feet of water. The (M) reefs are also holding plenty of mangrove snapper and some nice grouper. You should have no problem limiting out on snapper when using live shrimp for bait. Barracuda are also thick around the (M) reefs.
Cobia action was good on the (I) reefs and along the beach. They were taking any live bait on the bottom or on the top or whenever you least expected them to. The cobia had plenty of follow ups, so be ready for a second hookup. We also found some nice flounder and gag grouper on the bottom at the (I) reefs.
Spanish mackerel are also being caught from the Bay out to the (M) reefs. Small King mackerel like Spanish mackerel also have spots when you first catch them so make sure you can tell them apart before you keep anything under 24".
The Bay fishing has been OK. Some nice seatrout are coming in from the grass flats and an occasional pompano, Spanish mackerel, gags and small cobia. Snook fishing has been best at night. Actually we are getting a large variety fish at this time, too many to name them all. Not knowing what you are going to hook next is the best of it.
Enjoy and Protect