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

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Fishing Report Provided by Snook Fin- addict - Rick Grassett
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| Water Temp:71-80 F | Clarity: Cloudy
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Fishing Report
September 15, 2014
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout on DOA lures, top water plugs and flies in Sarasota Bay during the past week. It was breezy on Friday as a tropical system moved across south Florida when Greg Stepanski, from Tampa, FL and Tom Frankfurth, from Terra Verde, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout to 18” on DOA Deadly Combos, CAL jigs with shad tails, top water plugs and flies. I spent some time at the DOA Fishing Lures booth at the Florida Sportsman Fishing Show in Tampa on Saturday. The newest bait from DOA is the 4” CAL shad tail and it should be a hit, especially when larger profile baits are around. The lure, which can be rigged on a long shank CAL jig head or on a weedless hook, has an amazing wiggle and vibration! You should find trout, blues, mangrove snapper and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find them. You may find reds schooling on edges of bars or shallow grass flats when the tide is low. Snook fishing should also be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shallow flats early in the day.
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Fishing Report Provided by CB's Saltwater Outfitters, reports submitted by staff guide Capt Jim Klopfer - Jim
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
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Fishing Report
September 12, 2014
Action continues to be outstanding on the deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay. Recent rains cooled the water off a tad, temperatures are in the low to mid 80s. Bait is thick on the beach and in the passes, catching a well full and chumming the fish up produced consistently this week, though we also caught fish on Bass assassin jigs in Big Pass. Mangrove snapper continue to led the way but there was a noted increase in Spanish mackerel this week. Snook, speckled trout, jack crevelle, flounder, black sea bass, gag grouper, bluefish, and ladyfish rounded out the list of species landed by clients this week. The Radio Tower, Marker #5, and the Bird Key flats all provided a lot of action. I hit a couple spots In Robert's Bay with fair results, just a few snook, snapper and trout. It is probably still just a bit too warm. I started my week off with Richard Nunn from the UK and Stuart Nunn (20) and Isla Murton (11). I caught bait and basically sat at the Radio tower all morning. The mangrove snapper bite was terrific, with over two dozen fat snappers being caught, along with ten Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, and ladyfish. Action was very steady with most baits producing a bite. On Labor Day I took out buddies Darrell Rich from Johnson City, TN and John Wade from Lebanon, OH. We started off casting jigs on the flats and in Big Pass, hooking a handful of ladyfish. I caught bait and hit Marker #5, where action was virtually non-stop. Speckled trout, jack crevelle, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, gag grouper, black sea bass, and ladyfish kept the boys busy. After the bite slowed, I hit a couple snook and red spots near Selby, but no luck. We finished up at the Radio Tower with more mixed-bag action before we called it a morning. I had another very productive charter on Wednesday with Karen and Barry Hamm from Flemingsburg, KY. Bait was easy, I actually caught too much, then we basically fished 2 flats near Bird Key all morning. The tide was high first thing, then turned to go out. The fish came to the chum and Karen and Barry experienced steady action all morning. Speckled trout to 17", Spanish mackerel to 2 1/2 pounds, Bluefish to 3 pounds, Mangrove Snapper to 14", Flounder to 14", Gag Grouper, Sea Bass, Ladyfish, and Catfish kept us busy. I finished up my week with Phil Hughey from Nokomis, FL, his son Jackson, and friend Harold Morse. Fishing was VERY good! We started off drifting in Big Pass and vertically jigging Glow Bass assassin jigs, catching Ladyfish and Gag Grouper. The tide was quite swift, so I moved to catch bait, then hit Marker #5. The Snapper bite was decent but Spanish Mackerel kind of stole the show with their vicious strikes and blistering runs. In all, they probably landed a couple dozen Mackerel, another twenty Snapper, along with Speckled Trout, Ladyfish, Grouper, and a Bonnethead shark. We finished up the charter looking for Snook and Reds in Robert's Bay, catching a small Snook and losing a decent one.
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