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TheLure of Longboat’s abulous
The waters surrounding Longboat Key provide a fertile habitat for fish and an entrée to diverse species for novice and expert anglers alike.
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thirty pound outfit will suffice. Fly fishing is gaining popularity and is effective on all saltwater species. The extensive grass flats that surround the island attract game fish and are a good place to concentrate your efforts. Explore the deeper edges of the flats and the sand holes that dot the entire area. Anglers fishing from the bridges have access to a wide variety of fish including pompano, bluefish, sheepshead, mangrove snapper, jack cravelle and the areas favorite catch, snook.
When the sun is high and the water is calm you can walk the beaches looking for cruising snook. Look for the fish to be cruising within three feet of the beach. Wherever you walk in the water don’t forget to wear foot protection and anglers with a boat will find tarpon schooling just off the beaches during May, June and July. One of the best ways to learn the local waters is to hire a fishing guide. Guides are on the water daily, know the seasonal patterns and provide anglers with the basics of effective tackle and techniques. Whether you decide to head out in a boat, fish from a bridge or just walk down the beach, make sure you don’t miss out on the lure of Longboat Key’s fabulous fishing. d
By Rusty Chinnis
Sea trout, flounder, snook, redfish, grouper, snapper, amberjack and sheepshead are a few of the common fish found year-round. Seasonally Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, tarpon, cobia and triple tail are available to anglers. While not as common and more seasonal sailfish, dolphin and even marlin can be found offshore.
When fishing local waters tackle should be matched to the species you’re seeking. The best outfit for the area’s inshore waters is a matched eight to twelve pound spinning or bait casting rod and reel. In most offshore situations a twenty to
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