Sight casting for redfish was great last week in Northern Sarasota Bay. On calm days, fly fishing was the method of choice. The grass flats are as healthy as ever and reds can be easily sighted over the grass near potholes. On the fly, throwing an olive Sea-Ducer, Dupree Spoon Fly or any natural colored crab pattern got alot of attention from reds. With the thick grass, knotless, tapered leaders were the way to go so grass would not get hung up on your knots. Poling your skiff, on a falling tide, working pothole to pothole, was the key to success. If it was a little windy or spin tackle were the tools of choice, Mirr-O-Lure's new Mirro-Dine was the bait that shined above the rest. Throwing the plug in and around the potholes drew strikes from reds, snook and trout. Weedless DOA CAL jerkbaits also got some strikes. On Friday, 7/17/07, Richard Traugott of Sarasota spent the afternoon falling tide casting to reds in less than 8 inches of water, on the Mitzi. Despite the windy conditions, Richard managed to sight cast redfish, up to 27", and snook, up to 24", throwing a fly rod and also working the Mirro-Dines near the potholes.
The snook isn't big, but look how skinny we were! Floating grass and wading birds.