Sarasota Fishing Report: I was away on a family vacation last week, so I don’t have a Sarasota fishing report. However, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters guides are reporting good action on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with trout, mangrove snapper, blues, jacks and more. Snook season reopens today on the west coast of Florida. Anglers may take one snook between 28”-33” per person per day from Sept. 1-Nov 30. Full regulations are available at www.myfwc.com . Personally I’ll continue to ask that all snook be released on my boat and also encourage other anglers to practice catch and release with snook, since stocks are still rebuilding to pre 2010 cold kill levels. Snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.
Reds are schooling on flats of Sarasota Bay. They may stage on edges of bars or shallow grass flats when the tide is low. Look for wakes or patches of nervous water when it is calm or slick spots when there is a chop to find schools. You should find trout, mangrove snapper, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. There may still be some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. However as they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are moving to inside areas where you may find them rolling on deep grass flats or in passes at first light.