Captain Shawn's
Fishing Report

Hey guy's,
    Well fall is coming on strong and the water is cooling off with our days getting shorter and night temps. getting lower and the fish can prove it. With these negative low tides I am finding most of the inshore fish along deep edges near flats that are close by. Remember that fish don't want to move no more than they have to between tides and even though they may push up on the flats on the higher tides it doesn't take them long to fall off the edges of these same flats. I am finding nice reds, trout, and snook in all the same places and if it is a sandy bottom there have been a lot of flounder caught the last few weeks as well. Spanish mackerel are also around drop offs or where the water is funneled down between bars where there is more water movement. There are several big schools of red fish around Sarasota Bay as well just off the Bulkhead bars outside the mouth of the Manatee River. Grouper are still going on strong in about 45' of water when it isn't too windy to get out there. The king fish are out about 10 miles and anywhere you are catching nice gags it will pay off to put a couple of flat lines out behind the boat with a live bait on but be ready to grab your rod when it starts screaming drag out. Also, I have found that there are so many pin fish around that if you know you are on reds and cant get them to bite try using a half dollar size pin fish. It is also a good idea to use a sinker rig to keep them on the bottom and from swimming away from the reds when they can. The fishing is good and should only get better as we get further into fall.
Capt. Shawn Crawford

Capt. Shawn Crawford