Location

FL
United States
27° 19' 49.062" N, 82° 32' 51.594" W

Fishing Reports

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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 1/10/2015

 

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay on flies and snook, trout and flounder in Gasparilla Sound on CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week.

 

Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, GA, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. He had good action catching and releasing trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly on deep grass flats on the east side of the bay.

 

Keith McClintock and Victor Feldman, both from IL, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Tuesday. Action wasn’t fast but they caught and released trout, flounder and a couple of snook on CAL jigs with shad tails.

 

Cooler air settled in on Wednesday, as a reinforcing front moved through, when Anna Maria Island and Sarasota winter residents, Bill Morrison and Gary Marple fished Sarasota Bay with me. They caught and released trout, bluefish and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies over deep grass flats on the west side of the bay.

 

Thursday was cool and windy, 50’s with wind gusting in the mid 20’s, so that trip was rescheduled. By Friday morning the water temperature had plummeted to 58 degrees in skinny water and it was much cooler and windy than forecast, so we cut the trip short after a couple of hours of scouting.

 

If you’re interested in learning to fly fish or improve your fly casting, I will be the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school next Saturday, Jan 17. The school will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. In addition to fly casting, we’ll also learn leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. Cost for the school, which will run from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, is $150 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations.

 

Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Afternoons may fish better than mornings when water is cool.

 

 

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett

FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year

Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.

(941) 923-7799

E-mail snookfin@aol.com

www.snookfin-addict.com

 

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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 12/13/2014

 

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel and pompano in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week.

 

Anna Maria Island and Sarasota winter residents, Bill Morrison and Gary Marple, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday morning. A front passed through on Monday and it was cool and windy. We fished deep grass flats on the east side of the bay and despite tough conditions they managed to catch and release a few trout to 17”, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on a sink tip fly line.

 

Walt Poxon, from MN, and Bill and Sue Poxon, from Sarasota, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout and ladyfish on CAL jigs with shad tails. I gave a presentation at the Charlotte Harbor Fly Fishers (www.chff.us) in Punta Gorda that evening on fly fishing the coastal gulf for tripletail and false albacore and night snook fishing. If you are in that area, you should check them out. Their members fish some of the most fertile waters in the state.

 

My friend Capt. Rick DePaiva, from Ft. Myers, FL, invited me to fish Pine Island Sound with him on Thursday. Conditions were right for reds to tail and they didn’t disappoint. We had numerous shots at tailing reds with a fly, hooked a couple and Rick landed a beautiful over slot fish on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. A great fishery!

 

Chuck and Chase Banta, from Sarasota, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. It was overcast and cool, but the action was good. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. It was Chase’s first time fly fishing in saltwater and he did well, catching and releasing nice pompano and mackerel!

Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, jacks and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats. Catch and release night snook fishing in the ICW is also a good option now. Fish peak tidal flows for the best action. Tripletail and false albacore should be good options in the coastal gulf depending on conditions. Look for albies feeding near the surface and tripletail around crab trap buoys.

 

 

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett

FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year

Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.

(941) 923-7799

E-mail snookfin@aol.com

www.snookfin-addict.com

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Average: 3 (1 vote)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Gasparilla Sound, FL Fishing Report for 11/30/2014

 

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, snook and redfish in Gasparilla Sound on CAL jigs with shad tails and flies with me during the past week.

 

Mike Penny, from Atlanta, GA and his guest, Jim, from TX, and Chip Bates, from CT, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on a couple of different trips with me. The best trip was with Mike and Jim on Monday before conditions deteriorated. They caught and released about a dozen trout, a couple of snook and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos to complete their slam.

 

Catch and release night snook fishing in the ICW is a good option now. Fish peak tidal flows for the best action. Trout, blues, flounder and more should also be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats. Tripletail should also be a good option in the coastal gulf depending on conditions. Look for them on crab trap buoys.

 

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