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Cold weather and rain cancelled some fishing plans, but when weather was good, fish were biting. As water levels return to normal, fishing should get better.
Fishing charters out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters had both good and bad days in the last week of January as rainy weather fronts came in to the Sarasota Bay. Fishing more stable temperature waters, such as flats close to passes in the bay.
Captain Rick Grassett’s fishing report and February forecast
Anglers with Capt. Grassett caught and released trout, bluefish, and ladyfish on flies and CAL jigs on deep grass flats.
Grassett says action was slow early in the week following a front last week. Action picked up towards the middle of the week and anglers caught ladyfish, a few bluefish and trout on deep grass flats and flats close to passes where water was slightly warmer.
For February, trout and redfish should be good shallow water options. You may also find trout with bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pompano and flounder on deep grass flats. Look for sheepshead, flounder, reds and more around docks. Catch and release night snook around lighted docks in the intercoastal waters if it’s not too cold.
When the tide is low you may find reds in potholes or along the edges of bars and shallow flats. As the tide rises, they feed on higher shallow flats, particularly on sunny afternoons. Find trout on deep grass flats in Sarasota bay, with a good mix of grass, and, and tidal flow.
February can be tough as fronts and cool water might make fish not in an eating mood. If you pick good tides and favorable weather conditions, you should be successful. If you don’t have that luxury, fish later in the day when it’s warmer.
Captain Jim Klopfer’s fishing report
Due to January’s wind and rain, Capt. Klopfer reports the key to this time of fishing is being flexible and taking advantage of the best weather days. Most weeks there are three to four days that are decent enough to get out. Anglers with him experienced steady action bottom fishing in Big Pass and casting Bass Assassin jigs on the flats throughout the area.
Anglers with Capt. Klopfer had success Monday, and then later in the week on Friday. Fishing the flats in Sarasota Bay, Phillippi Creek and Big Pass, anglers caught sheepshead, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, trout and flounder.
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