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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 Spanish mackerel, pompano, trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week.


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Woody Boyce vacationed in the Sarasota area and caught and released this 4-pound bluefish on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing a Sarasota Bay deep grass flat with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Venice winter resident, Chub Bortz and his guest, Woody Boyce, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday afternoon. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they had steady action catching and releasing Spanish mackerel and bluefish to 4-pounds, trout and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.

Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, FL, waded several flats and bars on the west side of the bay with me on Tuesday. We caught and released several pompano and a nice trout on my Grassett Flats Minnow and Flats Bunny flies.

Burt Benjamin and Elyse Kuhn, from CT, fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay with me on Wednesday. It was slow, but they caught and released a couple of Spanish mackerel and several trout, jacks and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

A front pushed through on Thursday morning and a soaking rain lingered until evening. Friday was brisk with strong NW winds (20 to 25-mph), so we chose not to fish those days. Capt. Ed Hurst and I were the instructors for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. In addition to fly casting, students were also schooled on leader construction and saltwater fly fishing techniques. The next class will be on March 29th. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to sign up.

Tides will improve towards the end of next week as we approach a full moon. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more should continue to be a good option. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. You may also find tripletail or false albacore (little tunny) in the coastal gulf when conditions are good there.

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.
(941) 923-7799