Fishing ReportsWest-Central

Sarasota Bay

Fly 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 snook, trout and jack crevalle on flies in Sarasota Bay during the past week. The west wind and frequent rain pattern that we were in for 3 full weeks, finally ended and allowed us to get into the gulf to tarpon fish a couple of days.


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Photo: Tom Neal, from Toronto, Ontario, with a snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay on a pre dawn snook/flats trip with Capt. Rick Grassett –

Tom Neal, from Toronto, Ontario, snook fished with me on Monday morning before daylight. Although still in a west wind pattern, the forecast was for a low probability of rain until late morning. However, the forecast was wrong and torrential rain was on us by daybreak ending our trip early. Tom had some action catching and releasing a few snook around lighted docks on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before the rain chased us away.

David Morgan, from Chevy Chase, MD, fished with me on Wednesday. Sea conditions were good in the morning to tarpon fish, but visibility was poor with the outgoing tide dumping lots of off color water, due to the massive rains we’ve had. We opted to fish Sarasota Bay for a few hours and tarpon fish on the outgoing tide when the water was clearer. David caught and released a few trout and a big jack on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly on a Sarasota Bay deep grass flat. We fished the coastal gulf in the afternoon and he had 4 or 5 shots at tarpon with a fly. Anglers also had a few shots at tarpon with a fly on another trip on Thursday.

There should still be some tarpon action in the coastal gulf in the coming weeks. Tarpon are fewer this time of year, but if you’ve got the patience to wait on them it can be very good. Catch and release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges close to passes with flies or DOA Lures should be a good option next week. You may also 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.

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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