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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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Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:71-80 F | Clarity: Cloudy
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
October 28, 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 good action catching and releasing false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel, tripletail, flounder, snook, reds and trout on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails in Tampa and Sarasota Bays and Charlotte Harbor during the past week.

Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers members Mike Kwasny and Ken Babineau fished the coastal gulf off Sarasota with me on Monday. With stone crab season now open, there is plenty of structure to hold tripletail. We found several tripletail and caught and released 2. This is a great sight fishing opportunity! Later in the morning, we found some false albacore feeding on the surface and they each caught and released their first one on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Tim Graham, from Nokomis, FL and Dale Vollrath, from Sarasota, FL, fished the Terra Ceia area with me on Wednesday. They caught and released 7 or 8 snook to 27”, 4 reds to 26”, numerous trout and a big flounder on top water plugs and CAL jigs with shad tails. A good day!

Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, fished the coastal gulf near Boca Grande with me on Thursday. Our plan was to fish the backcountry for reds and snook, but I checked the coastal gulf before heading in that direction and found the action with Spanish mackerel and false albacore too hot to leave. Frank caught and released 4 or 5 albies to 10-pounds and numerous Spanish mackerel to 3-pounds on Clouser and Grassett Snook Minnow flies. The fall bite in the coastal Gulf of Mexico is on!

Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. We waded several bars and caught and released trout and jacks on Grassett Flats Minnow and Gurgler flies. Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, FL and I fished the 10th annual CCA Florida-Sarasota Chapter and Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” on Saturday. Anglers fished for a variety of species in the catch, photo and release, fly fishing only tournament. Capt. Chris Hargiss, from Sarasota, FL was the winner of the Open division and Justin Hamblet, from Sarasota, FL was the winner of the Fly Angler division. Thanks to Orvis, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Economy Tackle, Andy Thornal Company, Simm’s, Craig Smothers (saltflys.com) and Capt. Jeff Olsen for donating awards or raffle prizes. In addition to good people, good food and good fishing, the event also raises money for CCA’s and MCFF’s conservation efforts.

Spanish mackerel and false albacore in the coastal gulf should be one of the best options now depending on conditions. Look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find them. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Snook fishing should be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shallow flats early in the day. You might also find reds and trout along with snook on lighted docks this time of year.

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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Fishing Report Provided by Snook Fin- addict - Rick Grassett
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:71-80 F | Clarity: Cloudy
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
October 20, 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 good action catching and releasing false albacore (little tunny), Spanish mackerel, trout, jacks, bluefish, snook and a tarpon on flies and DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay during the past week.

I participated in the Florida Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) 2014 “Fly Fishing Expo” at the Plantation Resort in Crystal River, FL last Friday and Saturday. I did presentations both days on “Fly Fishing the Coastal Gulf for False Albacore, Tripletail and Cobia”. The annual event, with headliners Bob Clouser and Wanda Taylor, featured presentations on numerous fly fishing topics, fly tying workshops and fly casting clinics. Fly fishing industry vendors, including Orvis, Sage, TFO, Carbon Marine and more displayed the latest innovations in the industry. Fly tying guru, Enrico Puglisi, was on hand displaying his latest products and tying his creations. Local fly tiers Craig Smothers and Les Fulcher also tied flies at the event.

John Garcia, from San Francisco, CA and Dan Olson, from Sarasota, FL, fished the coastal gulf with me last Sunday. They had fast action catching and releasing 8 albies to 12-pounds and numerous Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with 3” shad tails and 4” jerk worms. The action was fast and furious and even attracted some sharks into the frenzy. Unfortunately a bull shark attacked one of our fish and was briefly hooked before biting through the leader. Great action!

We caught and released a few trout and a bluefish on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos on Monday’s trip in Sarasota Bay. Jon Yenari and Kyle Ruffing, both from Sarasota, FL. fished Tampa Bay with me on Tuesday. A strong front came through at about 9 AM that morning and forced us to take cover for a while. They caught and released numerous trout and a snook on top water plugs, CAL jigs with shad tails and weedless-rigged plastic baits.

Bryce Boothe and Scott Myers, both from Sarasota, FL, fished deep grass flats on both sides of Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday and had good action catching and releasing trout, bluefish, jacks and a nice shark on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. We found a large school of reds, jacks and blues all mixed together and they finished the day strong, even catching and releasing a shark out of the school!

John Evans traveled all the way from the UK and fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. He had some action catching and releasing trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly near Buttonwood Harbor. We found some juvenile tarpon working in an area and John caught and released his first tarpon on an Enrico Puglisi fly. Even though it was a small one the thrill was big!

Capt. Ed Hurst, Capt. Kelly Stilwell, Capt. Andy Cotton and I were instructors in CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis “Fly Fishing 101” class on Saturday. The introductory fly fishing class covered fly casting basics and fly tackle rigging. Participants also had an opportunity to cast Orvis fly tackle. Look for future Orvis “Fly Fishing 101” classes and Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Schools at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. The next Orvis-Endorsed school will be held on Nov 22nd. Fly casting basics, line control, shooting line, roll cast, leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques will be covered in the course. With a focus on basic fly casting principles, we will also work with 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.

There is still time to sign up for the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers and the Sarasota Chapter of Coastal Conservation Association’s 10th annual "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" on Oct. 25, 2014. The catch, photo and release, fly fishing only event will feature an Open Division, for guides and guided anglers (all anglers are eligible to compete in the Open Division) and a Fly Angler Division (no guides). Entry fee is $50 and includes an awards BBQ following the tournament at the Meadows Community Association building, 2004 Longmeadow, Sarasota, FL 34235. There will be an angler meeting at 7:30 PM on Friday evening, Oct 24 at Gecko’s, 351 N. Cattleman Rd, Sarasota, FL (formerly Trader Vic’s) with angler check-in beginning at 6:30 PM. Applications are available at area tackle shops or online at www.ccaflorida.org or www.mangrovecoastflyfishers.com .Call me at (941) 923-7799 for more information.

Look for Spanish mackerel and false albacore in the coastal gulf. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more should be good options 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 be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shallow flats early in the day. You might also find reds and trout along with snook on lighted docks this time of year.

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