Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Sarasota Canals Heat Up Fish

Lately, residential canals have allowed Anglers aboard the Ms. Guided to stay warm and out of the winds. These canals with deeper and slower moving waters, adjacent to docks and seawalls, typically have dark muddy bottoms, oyster bars, and concrete structures which heat-up faster in the mornings and retain heat through the evening hours. This method of fishing has been extremely productive for Redfish, Sheapshead, Flounder, and Mangrove Snapper.

To make the point, during a recent trip, 4 gentlemen aboard from Pennsylvania found themselves with a mixed bag of Redfish, Sheapshead and Flounder, all within a 200 yard section of docks. The Redfish were cookie cutters, all of them 16" - 17 ¾", but what these fish lacked in size, they made up for in numbers. Several double headers ensued and at the end of the day, the only complaint was after 2+ dozen Redfish caught, not single one went in the box. I can live with that! They made up for it with some beautiful Sheapshead fillets…

Overall the action was most consistent bite was at the top of the tide mid-afternoon, tackle was 1/0 Circle Hooks w/ 20lbs Yozuri Fluorocarbon Leader, with Medium to Select sized Shrimp free-lined as bait. Water temperatures were around 62 degrees in most spots. The water was not gin-clear, but pretty close. To learn more about fishing or to book your next saltwater adventure with Captain Jay Schroeder of CJ Flats Saltwater Charters, call 1-877-463-5420 or visit www.cjflats.com.

Capt Jay Schroeder
CJ Flats Saltwater Charters


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