Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have action with tarpon during the past week. We had numerous shots at tarpon most days, jumped two and caught and released one. Large schools of tarpon have dwindled in size to mostly singles, doubles and small schools. Although there may be fewer fish this time of year, with their spawning completed and a long migration behind them, they are ready to focus on eating.
Longtime friend Steve Gibson, from Sarasota, FL, fished with me on Thursday. We had shots at tarpon throughout the day, but it was late in the day at the bottom of the tide when they got hungry. We had several bites, jumped 2 and landed 1 tarpon on my Grassett Flats Bunny fly. After a smoking run and a couple of jumps, a knot in the fly line close to the fish caused the fly line to break on one fish. The other tarpon gave us a few jumps and then slugged it out before Steve brought the fish to the boat. Good day!
Tides will improve and tarpon fishing should be good in the coastal gulf as we head towards a new moon next week. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues or pompano on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Also look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Catch and release snook fishing around docks and bridges close to passes or sight fishing for snook in the surf with flies or DOA Lures should also be good options.
Capt. Rick Grassett
IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
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