Fishing ReportsWest-Central

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, trout, jacks, tripletail and a variety of other species on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails in Sarasota Bay and tripletail in the coastal gulf on flies during the past week.


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Mike Storey, from Bradenton, FL, and Bob Stack, from GA, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We worked deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout and a tripletail on Clouser and shrimp fly patterns.

My son, Bryan Gibson and Sam Green, both from St. Pete, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday. We worked docks before and after daylight where they caught and released a few snook and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails. We fished deep grass flats close to passes after daylight where they had steady action with a variety of species including trout, jacks, mangrove snapper, gag grouper and black sea bass on the same lures.

Nick Thompson, from the UK, fished with me on Thursday. Our plan was to fish the coastal gulf for tripletail and false albacore, but it was rougher than anticipated. There was a big swell out of the northwest and we also ran into some red tide south of Sarasota. We fished the east side of Sarasota Bay instead where he had steady action catching and releasing trout on Clouser flies. We also sound found some surface activity and he had good action catching and releasing jacks and ladyfish on the same flies.

Patrice Camillieri, from France, fished the coastal gulf with me on Friday. It was rough and windy when we started, so we fished Sarasota Bay for a while. The wind dropped and the sun popped out at midday, giving us a window of opportunity to fish the gulf. We found good conditions; clear water, not much swell or chop and no red tide off Manatee County. He caught and released several tripletail on a shrimp fly pattern. Tripletail fishing combines hunting fish and sight casting to them. Although they’ve been running small, due to their body shape and fighting tactics they are still fun to catch on fly or spinning tackle.

Action with tripletail, false albacore and Spanish mackerel should be a good option now in the coastal gulf when conditions allow it. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and jacks on deep grass flats. Snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges close to passes 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.

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.

(941) 923-7799