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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 9/5/2020

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had great action with snook, reds and tarpon recently. Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, fished a pre-dawn snook/tarpon trip with me and we caught and released numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before dawn. We shifted gears to tarpon after daylight and caught and released an estimated 20-lb tarpon on a DOA TerrorEyz.

Capt.Rick Grassett releases a tarpon caught and released in Sarasota on a DOA TerrorEyz.

Capt.Rick Grassett releases a tarpon caught and released in Sarasota on a DOA TerrorEyz.

Ben Stein, from Orlando, with a nice snook caught and released on a fly while fishing in Sarasota at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Ben Stein, from Orlando, with a nice snook caught and released on a fly while fishing in Sarasota at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Will Stein, from Longboat Key, with a nice snook caught and released on a fly while fishing in Sarasota at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Will Stein, from Longboat Key, with a nice snook caught and released on a fly while fishing in Sarasota at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Will Stein, from Longboat Key, and Ben Stein, from Orlando, fished the same trip with me a few days later and the action was even better. They caught and released numerous snook and several reds on the same fly. After daylight we jumped several tarpon and caught and released one on a DOA TerrorEyz. Fly angler Howard Hsu, from Atlanta, fished with me the next day and also had good action catching and releasing snook and a red on my Snook Minnow fly.

Will Stein, from Longboat Key, with a tarpon caught and released on a DOA TerrorEyz while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Will Stein, from Longboat Key, with a tarpon caught and released on a DOA TerrorEyz while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Howard Hsu, from Atlanta, with a nice red caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Howard Hsu, from Atlanta, with a nice red caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay at night with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Fishing dock lights before dawn is usually dependable for snook and more and is a great way to beat the heat. Juvenile tarpon and reds may also frequent dock lights this time of year. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 8/21/2020

Fly anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, redfish, trout and bluefish recently. Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota and member Gene Mayberry, from Bradenton, fished a pre-dawn/flats trip with me and had good action catching and releasing several snook and a red out of dock lights on small white flies before dawn.

Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers (MCFF) president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota, with a nice trout  caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers (MCFF) president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota, with a nice trout caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers (MCFF) president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota, with a red and trout caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers (MCFF) president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota, with a red and trout caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

We moved to deep grass flats after daylight and they had steady action with trout to 22” and several blues on weighted flies fished on clear intermediate fly lines. The quality of trout, with quite a few over 20”, continues to improve since the continued red tide closure.

Fishing dock lights before dawn is usually dependable for snook and more and is a great way to beat the heat. Juvenile tarpon and reds may also frequent dock lights in late summer and fall. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI 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.
www.snookfin-addict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us
E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799 (office)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Montana Fly Fishing Trip Report for 8/11/2020

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana during the past week. Due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, it was a smaller group this year but the fishing was just as good as usual! Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, and I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman on Sunday, 8/2 and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT. We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, from IN, who drove and met us at the lodge.

Dennis Kinley Montana rainbow

Dennis Kinley Montana rainbow

Capt. Rick Beaverhead rainbow

Capt. Rick Beaverhead rainbow

Big Hole River

Big Hole River

We fished the Beaverhead and Big Hole Rivers and a spring creek with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and guide Dan Allen. I’ve fished with these guides for almost 20-years when I started fishing Montana. They work hard, do a great job and know their fishery well. We had great action on 5 and 6-weight fly tackle with brown and rainbow trout to more than 20” on streamers, dry flies, dry/dropper and nymph rigs. The dry fly action was with a variety of grasshopper patterns, sometimes with a nymph dropper, or with a smaller dry fly and a few other bugs. Like fishing everywhere, there were good days and slower days but overall it was great!

Montana moose crossing

Montana moose crossing

Mike Perez Montana brown

Mike Perez Montana brown

Rusty Chinnis Montana brown

Rusty Chinnis Montana brown

Equipped with an industrial size kitchen and a large dining room with ranch style seating, it is a great place for our group. Chef Annie Kubicka spoiled us with hearty Montana meals and desserts! The weather and scenery were outstanding with temperatures ranging from a very comfortable mid 40’s in the morning to the mid 80’s in the afternoon with only 15% to 20% humidity, a welcome relief from southwest Florida’s heat and humidity in August! In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw whitetail and mule deer, moose, pronghorn antelope, wild turkeys, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sand hill cranes.

Back in Sarasota catch and release snook fishing around dock lights and bridges and trout, jacks, blues and more on deep grass flats should be good options. There should be tarpon in areas of upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks may also be a good option. You might also find them in a few places mixed with snook in dock lights. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI 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.
www.snookfin-addict.com, www.snookfinaddict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us
E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799