GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Frank Sargeant.
Captain Ray Markham fished some of the colder days recently, and his anglers caught trout, ladyfish, flounder and good numbers of redfish on CAL Jigs with Shad tails, MirrOlure DOA Shrimp and CAL Curly tail jigs in the Terra Ceia area. He said finding shelter in the mangroves made fishing possible despite the wind; www.captainraymarkham.com.
Captain Rick Grassett out of CB Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key reported some fair action during the cold conditions with trout, bluefish, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel on topwater plugs, CAL Jigs with Shad tails and the DOA Deadly Combo while fishing deep flats in Sarasota Bay; www.cbsoutfitters.com.
Captain William Toney of www.homosassainshorefishing.com reported fair action in the Homosassa River well up near the headwaters. Water temperature just out of MacRae’s Bait House on the river sat hear the 70-degree mark where Toney reported catching ladyfish on CAL Shads. Toney said there are trout, mangrove snapper, jacks, catfish and more ladyfish near the spring at the headwaters, as well as tarpon and snook.
Offshore anglers in the Bay area are finally letting out the secret of catching hog snapper — live shrimp is the ticket to these tasty fish, and lots of them are coming off the reefs at 50 to 65 feet. Mangrove snapper and red grouper are also active offshore.
Most rocky canals and holes inshore will hold sheepshead from now into spring — fresh-cut shrimp on a jig head does the job.
Captain Sean Rush says the cold and rain has slowed the bass bite somewhat at Rodman Reservoir, but the size of the fish has been awesome — on recent trips he had one bass over 12 and two over 11 pounds. He said average catch is 20 to 30 fish, all on big wild shiners; www.floridatrophybass.com.
Tribune correspondent Frank Sargeant can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org