3 Important Lessons All Anglers Can Learn From This Sarasota Bay Fishing Report


Regardless of where you live, if you like inshore fishing, you’ll get something from this post (and video).

As outdoorsmen, we can’t help but to want to explore new areas and to see what’s around the next corner.

But as fishermen, we hate not catching fish when we’re out on the water, so many of us fight to urge to explore and end up going to the same half dozen spots over and over again because we feel that our odds of catching fish are higher…

This at least was my predicament for many years…

I literally revisited the same 6 to 8 spots over and over again and totally lost sight of the adventure aspect of fishing.

But after getting better at the following essential skills:

  1. Using online maps to find new fishing grounds
  2. Learning how to quickly identify dead zones so that I no longer waste time in unproductive areas

I now feel very comfortable going to entire regions that I’ve never fished before with little fear of getting skunked.

A recent example of these two skills paying dividends while exploring an entirely new region can be seen in this exploration trip to Sarasota Bay where I caught fish within the first 15 minutes of being out on the water.

sarasota grouper
Picture of me seeing what bait the grouper had been eating… before it ate my paddle tail jig.

Not only was the bite hot right off the bait, I consistently caught fish throughout the rest of the day as I checked out multiple spots that I found from reading the online maps from my house while setting up my pre-trip fishing plan.

Note: I reveal the exact lures I was using in the video below.

sarasota seatrout
Here’s a trout from the first spot that I selected from the online maps.

The productivity of this trip was very rewarding because not only was I fishing an unknown area, I also had my crazy dog Otis on the boat with me which certainly did not help because he can be extremely loud.

Sarasota Bay Fishing Report

Here’s a video showing the full trip along with the multiple lures that I was using:

Note: Be sure to watch the entire video because at the end you’ll see a very important tip for managing high-wind conditions when using artificial lures.


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The days of going back to the same spots over and over again can be a distant memory once the map reading tactics for finding promising new fishing spots gets compounded with on-the-water assessment knowledge.

Because once those two factors are in control, you have the recipe for consistently finding and catching fish in any region where your target species live.

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6 years ago

Hey Luke with the north and north east winds in the fall or anytime, is it best to face or cast into the wind or with the wind

Jim Ross
6 years ago

In this video, you mentioned that you assessed the area and saw potholes and a shelf. How did you see that—with the maps or while you were on the water?

Toby Sorrels
6 years ago

Hey Luke, really helpful tip on keeping the line on the water. Thanks! A question: when the wind picks up to 15 mph, do trout and reds tend to move to deeper water? If it is rough on the surface, do they hunker down or do they move from say the 2-4 foot range to the 3-6 foot range? I frequently fish at Cedar Key, FL where water clarity is always an issue.

Steven Jachec
6 years ago

Great input! I’m heading to IRL (Grant area) on windy (15+ mph N) & cloudy Friday. I’m looking forward to applying knowledge.

Stuart Secler
6 years ago

Great info!

6 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I learn something from all the video you guys post.


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