Spring fishing is really in full force now!! Offshore action has been non stop when the wind isn’t blowing too hard. Calmer days have allowed some to get out to that 80-100 mi zone. Here they are seeing wahoo, not super consistent but they are there. Pushing in a bit large red groupers around the 100-120′ depth. Also big mangrove snappers, some as large as 12lbs!! Lane snapper and yellowtails have been reported around that depth and closer in as well. Amberjacks and permit are being reported on most nearshore wrecks as the bait has been developing nicely offshore. Blackfin tuna is being mentioned in as close as 15-20 mi. Nearshore the kingfish and cobia have been wide open!! Some great size fish right off of the beach this week mean the tarpon should be close behind. Crabs have been flowing steadily on those outgoing tides. Inshore has been nothing short of amazing. Trout from 25-30 are being consistently reported on the grass flats as well as some nice snook. North sarasota bay has been producing some solid redfish this past week! The whitebait has been phenominal but I always like to pack some artificials also. Topwater in the morning along the mangroves can be great this time of year! A trick!!…. If you cast your topwater very very close, basically underneath the mangrove branch…WAIT 2-3 seconds before twitching the lure. This sort of mimics a dying baitfish that a bird perhaps dropped in the water. Night time fishing has been super productive as the lights have been loaded with snook and juvenie tarpon. Flies make for a nice light presentation in those lights. As always, stop in and see up with any questions or concerns! Tight Lines!!
HEADS UP!!! FREE SEMINAR TOMORROW!! (FRIDAY, APRIL 14th) @ 5:30 PM AT ECONOMY TACKLE
BASICS OF TARPON FISHING W/ CAPT. AJ GRANDE
Capt. AJ will be covering everything to do with Tarpon fishing, focusing mainly on proper etiquette, boat positioning, rigging and bait presentation. As well as answering any questions you may have. No reservation is needed. Hope to see you there!