Tuesday morning on the Gulf saw strong winds blowing.
This week fishing with Captain Terry Simmons, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, has been very good. With another cold front moving in and cool winds blowing strongly out of the northeast, we started looking for areas to fish.
On Tuesday morning I chartered the Bill Marks group. We started out in Big Pass at 9 AM, as the sun helped warm us. DOA baits enticed some Spanish mackerel and ladyfish but the pompano would have nothing to do with our live shrimp.
The winds kept us close to shore most of the day.
After a few drifts and improved casting, we ventured into the Gulf, but the winds kept us close to shore. We looked at a few crab trap buoys for tripletail but didn't see any or any activity, so we went inside the bay.
With the beginning of the outgoing tide, we started out looking for clean water. While using a drift sock to slow our drift down, we started out throwing DOA baits over some grass flats catching small speckled sea trout and jack crevalle.
After several drifts, we found a nice area holding fish so we set up and anchored down, using the Power Pole anchor, and threw live shrimp under corks and catching Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, bluefish, and jacks. All in all a very nice day.
Friday started with a cold light drizzling rain, I chartered the Gwendolyn Messer group. Their very large family was here for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They had chartered three captain's from CB's Saltwater Outfitters. We picked up the group at their dock and after figuring out all the logistics and listening to the bragging rights for a fun mini family tournament we started out.
The Messer group had a good day on the water.
We began in Roberts bay catching ladyfish, then moved on to Big pass catching a lot more ladyfish. After about five or six drifts we went over to the 5 and 7 flats and using the same DOA baits caught several small speckled trout and then out of the blue, the client makes a cast and as the bait hits the water her line got tight and started screaming out drag.
We were unable to control the reel screaming outline, so we quickly brought all the other lines in and stowed the rods.
I cranked up the big motor and started idling toward whatever it was. After several minutes we finally caught up with what the client had hooked. It was the biggest catch of their life, a 50lb loggerhead turtle.
This Thanksgiving weekend fishing trip made the holiday.
She slowly pulled the turtle close to remove the hook that was caught on the top of the shell, but about ten feet from the boat, the hook pulled loose and everyone was happy.
The winds started to lay down so we went into Sarasota Bay and drifted a grass flat catching speckled sea trout, bluefish on DOA baits and live shrimp. We saw several dolphins playing with fish and a manatee eating some turtle grass.
Considering the weather conditions it was a very nice day on the water especially since they were leaving to go back to fridged Chicago and Michigan. I apologized for our Florida weather and they commented this is a BBQ day back home.