Great action on the flats of Sarasota Bay this past week. Anglers Bruce, Gary, and Jeff of Lakeland, FL had a great day of fishing around White Key on Sarasota Bay. While wade fishing the edge of a deep grass flat, throwing the Rip Tide 3" Mullet, all three anglers caught and released many good spotted sea trout up to 25" along with some nice slot redfish. The late afternoon tides seem to be producing the best bite.


The afternoon seabreeze we have had lately is making it a bit difficult for kayak fishing, so the best way to deal with these windy conditions while fishing out of a kayak is to get out and wade fish the flats. A couple of things I like to carry is a 10' piece of rope with a carabiner attached at each end. With this I can leave one end attached to the kayak the other end attached to myself. The benefit of having this setup is most importantly safety, and It keeps my kayak close by which has all my gear, tackle and cell phone handy while stalking the flats. This is much better than walking back a couple hundred yards to find that your anchor pulled and your kayak has blown away. I know this from experience. Not good. A good pair of wading boots will also be very important. You can't always see what lies beneath. Sting Rays, rocks, oysters and other critters can ruin your day.


Be safe while on the water and get out there and get on some fish!
Steve Gibson

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