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Vol. 17 No. 19 - February 22, 2017

Captains' reports

Catching pompano









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

captain DAVE WHITE | SUbmitted

Grant Harper, Mike Schamens and Brandt Sjuts
with pompano and a nice tripletail caught on
Anna Maria Charters.


Captain Dave White

Pompano have been in our sights here at Anna Maria Charters this past week. These gold nuggets are not only a solid fight on light tackle, but also a delicate fish great for the dinner table.

I'm hunting for these fish in the passes, along the beaches and in the deeper areas of the flats. Often, running from place to place, I'll keep a wary eye out the back of the vessel to look for them launching from the water when spooked by the prop wash. Once you find one fish, you're sure to find more, as they're typically in a good sized school.

The typical method for catching these guys is a Doc's Goofy Jig tipped with a piece of shrimp. Although methods include sand fleas and shrimp with a wight on the bottom.

Sheepshead are still extremely prevalent all over the place right now. I'm having success on both these inshore species and welcome them during our wintertime patterns.

Captain Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook at night in the ICW near Venice and trout and blues in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms during the past week. The best action was catch and release snook fishing in the ICW at night.

Gary Marple, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday. He had some action catching and releasing trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing deep grass flats on the west side of the bay. Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, Ga., and Edwin Rothberg, from North Carolina, fished the same areas with me on Wednesday. They had good action with trout and several blues on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Martin Marlowe, from New York, fished dock lights in the ICW near Venice with me on Thursday night. He had steady action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Fish in shallow water have been very spooky due to clear water and calm conditions making them tough to catch, although you should find snook, larger trout and reds there when conditions are good. Wading with a fly rod or making long casts with spinning tackle are good tactics for fishing shallow water. Catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

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