GO FISHING is a look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Ray Markham.
Some folks just can’t sleep at night. Others choose not to sleep. And when the heat of summer days makes it unbearable to be out on the water, perhaps a nocturnal fishing trip might fill that cool fishing fix you seek.
Captain Rick Grassett’s charters out of CB Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key began years ago at night when Grassett took his fly-rod anglers out after sundown or several hours prior to sunrise to fish for snook around dock lights that line the ICW from Venice to Sarasota. That practice has expanded into a full-time business for many guides, but has also become common practice for many saltwater anglers.
The Suncoast Fly Fishers host monthly club fishing outings, and this past month’s outing was a night snook trip. Alan Sewell of St. Petersburg topped the group’s catch by landing a 39-inch snook. Linesiders such as this are trophy fish anywhere, and on a fly rod, a particularly outstanding catch.
Sewell tied on a couple of different fly patterns over the course of the night. Small white flies about 2 inches in length and small shrimp patterns seem to garner the most attention from snook these anglers caught, but glass minnow patterns are also a favorite.
Redfish reports have been on the rise. Long Bar in Sarasota Bay is holding redfish. Captain Jonnie Walker of Sarasota put his anglers on numerous slot reds this week.
Anglers fishing Boca Ciega Bay and areas around Tierra Verde report an influx of large redfish. Gold Eppinger Rex Spoons, CAL jigs with Shad tails, MirrOdines and MirrOlure Lil’ John jerk baits have produced outstanding catches of redfish.
Speckled trout to 4 pounds are being caught on the Clam Bar and off Pinellas Point by anglers tossing the DOA Deadly Combo. Look for Sunday’s full moon to produce good tides for ambush feeders such as trout and snook.
Ray Markham specializes in light tackle fishing with artificial lures and charters on lower Tampa Bay out of Terra Ceia. He can be reached via his website at www.CaptainRayMarkham.com, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (941) 723-2655 for charter.