Siesta Key Fishing Report: February 2021

Captain Chuck Cress

John and his son Blake booked a charter with me thru CB’S Outfitters on Sunday. Both anglers are from the Chicagoland area and let me know that they are fly fishermen. With that info in mind, we chose to fish using only artificial bait only. Our first spot looked good from a distance away with slick water and jumping mullet.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters crew fishing day: Doug, Jane, and Aledia with unexpected Cobia while fishing for tripletail with live shrimp.

However, when trolled closer we found the outgoing tide made it too shallow to get to where the schooling fish were working. 

8-year old William of Indianapolis, Indiana caught this monster Ladyfish while fishing a guided trip out of CB’s outfitters on Siesta Key

Feeling a little frustrated we moved to some deeper water and immediately hooked up with some nice healthy trout using 1/4 oz jig heads and little John tails. After catching and releasing several fish we trolled into a protected cove and found snook willing to attack our lures.

Denny Clohisy, from CA, with his first tripletail caught and released on a DOA Shrimp while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett recently

Finishing out our morning trip before the weather got nasty, we again moved to another deep grass bottom area were we picked up more lively trout and some poor man’s tarpon (aka) lady fish. With the winter weather, colder water temperatures, and the extreme low tides it is a good idea to have a well thought out fishing game plan to be successful this time of year.

Capt. Chuck Cress

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