Sarasota Fishing Charters
Captain Jack Hartman
Sarasota Fishing Report
Great Tarpon/Summer season ends....Fall fishing begins
    After an excellent Tarpon season where many ,many Tarpon were jumped and numerous Tarpon boated, Sarasota Fishing Charters moved into an extremely productive and successful summer season. Highlights of the Tarpon season were a memorable day where the Costa Boys from Boston MA jumped 8 Tarpon and landed 3 up to 160 lbs. and a huge 180 lber landed after a 1hr 45 min fight by Rod Chamberlain of Marietta GA. Personally, my favorite day was when Jonny King, age 13, of Jacksonville Fl land a 90 lber that jumped an incredible 14 times .
    Switching to summer fishing after Tarpon season, Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Bluefish , Mangrove Snapper, Black Tip sharks, Flounder, Sea Bass, Spanish Mackerel and many others became plentiful after the whitebait moved in the bay. Chumming with whitebait was the key to daily successes . Catching 40 to 60+ fish every morning was common.
    I am anticipating another great fall with the Sept -Oct shark run being the featured event. Our day begins with netting bait, then off into the Gulf of Mexico we go. Finding feeding birds near shore is easy , and when we do find them we begin to chum with whitebait to attract Spanish Mackerel. After catching a many Mackerel as you wish, we cut some macks and begin chumming for sharks . usually the Sharks show up in a few minutes. On a poor day we catch 3 or 4 and good day over 20. Blacktips , Lemons Hammerheads and Bulls are the most common. If the conditions in the Gulf are poor then we stay in the bay and chum for Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, Bluefish , Mangrove Snapper,  Flounder, Sea Bass, Spanish

Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish and others.

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