Sarasota to Bonita Beach
Includes Siesta Key, Venice, Englewood, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Cape Coral, Captiva, Sanibel and Fort Myers
Not a whole lot to report, just the weather! Errant weather has thrown a wildcard element in planning and executing safe, successful outings. There were scattered reports along with scattered showers. The grouper and snapper are biting but it’s tough going to produce some nice fish!
There was some decent tarpon action off Knapp’s Point and up further north. You could have had a shot at the close marks, but it was iffy with the patchy daylong threatening weather.
Flats anglers didn’t have it any easier than offshore crews, just close in misery! My guys and me spent several days running and gunning, trying to keep out of the nasty weather. Lightning, O’ boy! There were lots of electrical storms in Pine Island Sound, Matlacha and who knows where else.
Crews managed some curtailed outings; the lucky guys found some pins for redfish on the oyster bars and features in the passes. Most of the shrimp are just that, “shrimpy,” but they will work.
There are snook in the creeks and off the beaches all along our region. Keep the faith, play safe and learn to tie flies or something until the weather straightens out!
Baiting quality is still reported poor, that and the weather makes planning a day on the water less than promising. We found smallish whitebait on the Gulf Beaches, but mostly net stickers. Bring along cut bait stocks or scented plastics as a backup. Know the location of local fish markets if your crews are expecting a fish dinner!