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brew1891 08-20-2009 08:37 AM

:ping: sarasota guys
How is the beach snook fishing over there? Headed that way this weekend...not going to drag the boat over.

Any specific fly reccomendations or just anything minnow like and white with some flash?

Supposed to be staying on Siesta. Did pretty good on Turtle beach in the spring with the spinner and a DOA glow skrimp, thinking of trying the fly.


skinnywater 08-20-2009 10:26 AM

Yes, anything like a minnow, that has eyes and some flash. What part of Siesta are you staying on? If you go the south end of the beach it is easier to sightfish. There is a beach access just 10ft south of Stickney Point Road. Lot less people compaired to the "public" area around the pavilion.

brew1891 08-20-2009 10:55 AM

Evidently we are now staying down on turtle beach but on the sound side, just south of Mandalay Point. I'm just along for the ride on this one, not planning it.

Is the access on old stickney point road or between the two?

Would you reccomend driving up to Stickney or south to turtle beach access?

skinnywater 08-20-2009 12:46 PM

Stickney Point Road is the devider between Turtle Beach and Siesta. The beach acess is on Gulf drive just south of the light. There is also a natural Limestone formation between the two beaches also called Point of Rocks.

Fishing is good there too, but tends to be a little crounded on the North end of the Rocks. If you want a Sat Map of it you can hit up "Point of Rocks, Sarasota" on Google Earth/Maps and it will come up.

brew1891 08-20-2009 01:07 PM

Thanks for the info.

Might try finding the Gulf rd access and walking the beach and then down towards point of rocks.

BTW looking on the satellite images how's the area in the south bay near bird keys. Looks fishy with all the mangroves to the east. Makes me want to bring the boat.

skinnywater 08-20-2009 03:56 PM

That is a great area. Lots of docks that hold Snook and Trout under the lights. During the day you can hit Big Pass for Snook. This year I have seen several schools of beach Snook over 40+ fish. Tons of other species there. Had a 3-4ft Cuda chase my fly, (the one in the pic). Followed it till the leader was in the guide, but couldn't get an eat from him. And that was just standing on the beach! Everything west of bird key is good. I have found that the water to the east and south towards Siesta Drive doesn't get good water flow. Clarity is usually down and fish are hard to find.

brew1891 08-25-2009 11:46 AM

Follow up report:

Got a late start Sunday morning and just ran to Turtle Beach. Caught a decent trout on spin on the first cast and nothing else. Water was rough and cloudy, even at Siesta as well when we went to the beach later on.

Monday morning went to Point of Rocks. Very interesting place. Kind of like fishing in a washing machine at times when the sets break on the rocks. Water was much more clear than Sunday. More crowded than Turtle. Small greenbacks were everywhere but there were absolutely no predator fish near shore. Didn't catch a thing. Saw a few fish jumping offshore sparsely, looked to be mackeral but they were way out. But that place looked so fishy. Oh well. Some guys were there livebaiting...nothing. Met a dude from Michigan that was fly fishing...nothing. The gulf was calm offshore...looked like a lake out there. Tide was the fish prefer high tide in that area?

Still had fun going to the beach with the kid and family.

Thanks for the help and advice!

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