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Vol. 14 No. 52 - October 22, 2014

Captains' reports

Time for action in the coastal Gulf









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


Capt. Andy Cotton caught and released this nice
false albacore (little tunny) on a CAL jig with 4-inch
jerk worm in the coastal Gulf off Sarasota.

Captain Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout and bluefish on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay during the past week.

We fished deep grass flats on the east side of Sarasota Bay on a trip early last week and caught and released numerous trout and a bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and top water plugs.

Since it’s the right time of year for action in the coastal Gulf to turn on, Capt. Andy Cotton and I scouted that area in his Action Craft Coastal Bay boat on Friday. It paid off when we found several schools of Spanish mackerel and false albacore (little tunny) feeding on the surface, and Andy caught and released a nice albie on a CAL jig with 4-inch jerk worm. This action should get better over the next couple of months. One of my favorite things to do in the fall!

Look for Spanish mackerel and false albacore in the coastal Gulf. Trout, blues, mangrove snapper and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find them.

You may find reds schooling on edges of bars or shallow grass flats when the tide is low. Snook fishing should be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shallow flats early in the day. You might also find reds and trout along with snook on lighted docks this time of year.

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