Well first off, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Fishing has been pretty fantastic these past few weeks! Offshore anglers were reporting gag grouper in about 50 feet of water. Yellowtail snapper around 60 miles out as well as an abundance of mangrove snapper.  Some permit have been reported on the nearshore wrecks and the larger KING mackerel have been firing on larger schools of threadfin offshore. There have been no shortage of giant amberjacks on those wrecks as well!! The cobia have been extremely plentiful since the hurricane and are showing no sign of slowing down. I always say its important to have several options to bait these fish with, as they are very curious and will usually willingly approach what you offer them. We have had several reports of tripletail these past few days as the red tide has been cleared on ALL 16 Sarasota Co. beaches at this time. Inshore fishing for trout and pompano has been the name of the game! Most have been using artificials for both as ‘golden bream lil jons’ and watermelon red are the most popular colors used. Some redfish as well as snook are being reported around the mangroves as well. Gold spoons and sprite lures are recommended. Pompano have been in and around the passes as well as sheepshead around any structure (rocks or dock pilings). Live or frozen shrimp work great for both. As always, please stop in and see us with any questions or comments! Wish you all a very healthy and Happy New Year and TIGHT LINES!!