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Vol. 17 No. 23 - March 22, 2017

Captains' reports

Snook are the focus









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

captain DAVE WHITE | SUbmitted

Tommy and Herb Tressler of Green Bay, Wisconsin show off a nice
mess of Sheepshead with Anna Maria Charters.


Captain Dave White

Despite the pretty extreme cold front we experienced at the end of last week, we here at Anna Maria Charters have still managed to find good fish.

Prior to the front, I was finding good concentrations of snook and having a lot of fun with trips of 20 to 30 snook days. There were trout, ladyfish, Jack crevalle and redfish mixed in there as well. I know as soon as the water temperature climbs back up, we'll see these conditions again. You don't need much experience when the fish are chewing good.

The last couple of days, with the temperatures low, I've focused my efforts on the sheepshead bite. Despite the cold and very windy conditions, the bite was on fire. One day in particular, we caught over 50 fish and some up to 7 or 8 pounds. These fish primarily eat only crustaceans, so the meat is superb. Live shrimp with a split shot sinker and pitched near the pylons will keep you busy and your cooler full.

Captain Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout in Sarasota Bay on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA shrimp during the past week. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should be a good option on deep grass flats and passes of Sarasota Bay. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with snook and reds when conditions are good.

Look for action in the coastal Gulf to take off with king and Spanish mackerel, cobia and tripletail. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures continues to be a good option.


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