Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action fly fishing for tarpon early last week before the wind switched to a westerly pattern and roughed up the coastal gulf waters. We also spent a few days fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay where we had action with trout and bluefish on Clouser flies, fly poppers, CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Shrimp, DOA Deadly Combos and top water plugs.
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Jerry Poslusny and Jay Peck, both from Rochester, NY, fished with me on Monday and Tuesday. We fly fished for tarpon in the coastal gulf on Monday and after a long wait, we got numerous shots and Jay hooked up on my Grassett Flats Bunny fly. He fought the fish for numerous jumps and had the fish close to the boat before it chewed through the 80-pound bite tippet. West wind cranked up on Tuesday making the coastal gulf too rough to tarpon fish, so we shifted gears and fished Sarasota Bay. They had steady action with trout to 18”, bluefish, ladyfish and a nice jack on CAL jigs with shad tails and Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines on deep grass flats of north Sarasota Bay.
My brother Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days later in the week. The plan was to tarpon fish, but with a west wind pattern we were unable to fish the coastal gulf so we fished deep grass flats of north Sarasota Bay a couple of days. Longtime friend Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, FL, fished with us on Thursday and we had steady action with trout and a mix of bluefish and ladyfish on Clouser flies, DOA Shrimp and DOA Deadly Combos. We had calmer conditions on Saturday so we changed it up and had good action on top water plugs and fly poppers.
Tarpon action in the coastal gulf should continue when the west wind pattern ends and we switch back to a normal weather pattern of east in the morning and an afternoon sea breeze. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel or blues on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Also look for reds, snook 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
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