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Sarasota Bay

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 and jacks in the ICW near Venice at night and bluefish, Spanish mackerel and false albacore in the coastal gulf on flies during the past week.


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Bill Rhodes, from Hernando Beach, FL, with a snook caught and released on a fly.

Bill Rhodes, from Hernando Beach, FL, fished dock lights in the ICW near Venice with me on Monday night. He caught and released a few snook and jacks on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly and a couple of other glass minnow patterns. We fished the coastal gulf in Sarasota the next day and found tough conditions with a big swell and sea fog. He caught and released a tripletail on a fly and had a couple of other shots before we pulled the plug due to the poor conditions.

Anna Maria Island winter resident, Bill Morrison, fished the coastal gulf with me on Thursday. Fish were fired up due to an approaching front and he had good action catching numerous bluefish, Spanish mackerel and a couple of false albacore on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.

False albacore, tripletail, Spanish mackerel and more should still be a good option in the coastal gulf when sea conditions are good. Catch and release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars in backcountry areas of Charlotte Harbor and lower Tampa Bay.

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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