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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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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:81-90 F | Clarity: Cloudy
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Fishing Report
August 25, 2014
Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay reported good action on deep grass flats with trout, blues, jacks and more on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and flies during the past week. Reds are also beginning to school on Sarasota Bay flats. It is easier to find them when the tide is low. Look for wakes or patches of nervous water when it is calm or slick spots when there is a chop to find schools. My friend, Capt. Rick DePaiva, invited me to fish Pine Island Sound with him on Wednesday afternoon. Tides were right for reds to tail on shallow grass as the tide bottomed out at about 5 PM, which gave us a window to fish the falling tide and then the incoming just before dusk. We had some shots at reds and snook on the outgoing tide, but as the tide hit low the water slicked off and conditions got right. We got out and waded as reds “snaked” their way back onto a shallow flat, crawling through the exposed grass. I caught and released a 30” red on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly with only a 20’ cast. Very rewarding! Look for schools of reds staging on edges of bars and flats or tailing on shallow grass flats when the tide is low. There should still be some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf. However as they thin out in the coastal gulf, they are moving to inside areas where you may find them rolling on deep grass flats or in passes at first light. You also should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Catch and release snook fishing should be good in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.
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Fishing Report Provided by CB's Saltwater Outfitters, reports submitted by staff guide Capt Jim Klopfer - Jim
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
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Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
August 21, 2014
Fishing was steady once again this week on a variety of species. Redfish, cobia, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, black sea bass, ladyfish, and more fell victim to pilchards, threadfins, and pinfish. Bait is plentiful and easy to catch on the flats near both passes and out on the beach. Marina Jacks, Radio Tower, and Middlegrounds were the best spots for me this week. I started my week off on Monday with Donald Button and his boys Jake and Nick. Bait was easy and after loading the well we fished 2 spots near Bird Key, catching a half dozen Spanish mackerel (nice to see them back in Sarasota Bay), speckled trout, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, sea bass, ladyfish, and more. Chumming with bait brought them up to the boat. We finished up on a bar near Marina Jacks, where Jake caught a nice slot redfish. Fishing was bit tougher on Tuesday for Lori and Jack McLaughlin from Bellica, MA. The tide was slack for an hour mid morning, and it was difficult getting anything going. We hit a bunch of spots, catching a few fish at each one. Still, they caught speckled trout, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, ladyfish, sea bass, and a small cobia. Action picked up later in the week for Michael Dannehy from North Haverhill, NH and his boys Keegan (7) and Andrew (9). It was the boys first fishing trip, and they did great! I caught bait, and hit Marina jacks and the Radio Tower where the boys landed mangrove snapper to 14", speckled trout to 18", bluefish, ladyfish, and big sailcats. The tide quit and so did the bite, but I made a quick stop in New Pass to "re-load" with bait, and the tide turned to come back in. I anchored up at the Middlegrounds, where they caught several more nice mangs and some Spanish mackerel to 2 pounds before we called it a morning. The week ended with some unstable weather in the morning and a couple of days off for me!
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