A fly angler 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 snook, trout and tripletail on flies in Sarasota during the past week.
Gary Mintz, from CO, fished a predawn snook/flats trip in Sarasota with me on Wednesday morning. Despite a good tide, fish weren’t that aggressive. We worked lighted docks to start where he hooked up with a tarpon and caught and released a nice snook on my Grassett Flats Bunny fly. We moved to the flats after daylight and caught and released a few small trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly, fished on a sink tip fly line. He finished the day by catching and releasing his first tripletail on a shrimp fly pattern. Although it was a small one-still a great sight-fishing opportunity!
Snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges close to passes with flies or DOA Lures should be a good option as we head into September. Although snook season is open from Sept-Nov on the west coast of Florida, I’ll continue to ask that all snook be released on my boat. Tarpon are moving to inside waters, where you may find them around lighted docks and bridges or on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay and upper Charlotte Harbor. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and jacks on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars.
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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