Fishing Reports

Fishing Southwest Florida

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Fishing Southwest Florida (April 9)

Fishing Report from Capt. Rick Grassett: Anglers fishing southwest Florida 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 in the ICW near Venice at night, trout, snook and redfish in Charlotte Harbor and trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay on flies and DOA Lures during the past week.


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Photo: FrankZaffino, from Rochesterr, NY, with a snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing at night with Capt. Rick Grassett

Tim Graham, from Venice, FL and Pat Redmond, from Sarasota, FL, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Monday. The best action was with trout to 18” on CAL jigs with shad tails but they also caught and released a couple of snook and Tim finished the day with a small red to complete fishing southwest Florida.

Anglers fishing Southwest Florida deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on several trips caught and released trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. The best trip of the week was a night trip was when Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, snook fished with me in the ICW near Venice. We fished dock lights and he had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools or cruising shallow flats and edges of bars in backcountry areas of Charlotte Harbor and lower Tampa Bay while fishing Southwest Florida. Night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option fishing Southwest Florida.

Capt. Rick Grassett
IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
Phone: 941-923-7799
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