Fishing ReportsWest-Central

Sarasota Bay

Anglers 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 trout on flies and trout, snook, bluefish and jack crevalle on DOA Deadly Combos and top water plugs in Sarasota Bay during the past week.


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Photo: Ralph Cushing had good action with trout, bluefish, jack crevalle and snook on DOA Deadly Combos and top water plugs while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett. –

A couple of fly fishing trips in Sarasota Bay produced trout on a variety of flies and fly poppers. John Sarris and Ralph Cushing, both from Sarasota, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. We fished deep grass flats and edges of bars on both sides of the bay where they had steady action with a variety of species; mostly trout and a mix of snook, bluefish and jack crevalle on DOA Deadly Combos and top water plugs.

You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and jacks on deep grass flats. Snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges close to passes with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. Action in the coastal gulf with false albacore and Spanish mackerel should turn on after another front cools the water and schools baitfish up. Tarpon are moving to inside waters of Sarasota Bay, where you may find them around lighted docks and bridges, in passes or in canals and creeks. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars.

Contact Info:
Tight Lines,
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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