Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action, jumping and catching and releasing tarpon on a fly and on live crabs in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past week. Tarpon action was strong coming off the full moon.
Fly anglers Hal Lutz, from Parish, FL, and Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton, FL, tarpon fished with me on Mon and Tues. It was slow to start but the action picked up in the afternoon and Jeb hooked up with a tarpon estimated at 120-lbs on a Grassett Flats Bunny fly. He successfully fought the fish through numerous jumps until he had her at the side of the boat. His first tarpon landed on fly!
We were rained and clouded out on Tuesday’s fly fishing trip after a couple of hours and fly anglers on Wednesday had numerous shots and a bite, but didn’t hook up. Dave Reinhart and Domenick Raschella, both from VA, tarpon fished with me on Thurs and Fri. They had good action both days with numerous bites, several jumped tarpon and one tarpon landed on live crabs.
Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be strong as we head into June and the heart of the tarpon season. Catch and release sight fishing for snook in the surf with flies or DOA Lures should also be a good option. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues or pompano 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.
Capt. Rick Grassett
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