Capt. Ed Hurst’s Weekly Fishing Report

Reported: July 29th, 2019 by Capt. Ed Hurst
Robin Calitri, from NH, caught this beautiful 29-inch redfish fishing the dock lights.

Robin Calitri caught this redfish fishing the dock lights.

Robin Calitri, from NH, caught a reel bonus fishing the dock lights for snook. A 29-inch redfish beat a snook to an Enrico Puglisi baitfish pattern fly. It was Robin’s night. The big red ran under the dock dragging the Orvis fluorocarbon leader against the barnacles. Nicked and scraped the leader held and Robin was able to cajole it out into open water.

All this on an Orvis Helios 3 7wt fly rod, the red weighted 10 pounds plus. A little while later he wasn’t so fortunate with a nice snook… that’s how they get big.

He did manage to catch several 20-24 in snook. All the fish were released to continue to build our stocks back. The nice thing about night trips after the afternoon rain, the temperature isn’t in the 90’s and you don’t get sunburnt.

Be careful out there and respect the fish and other fishermen.

Capt. Ed Hurst

Sarasota has been Ed's home since 1956 and he's fished these area waters since he was nine years old. From 1995 until the present he's guided anglers exclusively in and around the back­wa­ters of Sarasota Bay. Fly fishing is his passion and he's also an Orvis Endorsed Out­fit­ter Guide.