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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 9/8/2018

A fly angler fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook around dock lights in Sarasota on a trip during the past week. Randy Ritzenhaler and his daughter Elise, from TX, fished a predawn snook/flats trip with me on Wednesday. He had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before daylight. He also had some action after daylight catching and releasing a couple of mangrove snapper on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Elise caught and released a big sailcat on a DOA Deadly Combo that she cast, worked and landed on her own! If you have any interest in learning to fly fish, I do private instruction as well as instructional fly fishing trips.

Randy Ritzenhaler, from TX, with another snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing in the Sarasota area during the past week with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Randy Ritzenhaler, from TX, with another snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing in the Sarasota area during the past week with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Randy Ritzenhaler, from TX, with a nice snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing in the Sarasota area during the past week with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Randy Ritzenhaler, from TX, with a nice snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing in the Sarasota area during the past week with Capt. Rick Grassett.

We saw lots of life in the area that we fished, including mullet, batfish, birds and dolphins. Red tide in the Sarasota area has improved due to an east wind pattern that we’ve been in for a couple of weeks. There are some areas that are unaffected and fish may concentrate in those areas. Red tide is often patchy and can change from day to day and even tide to tide. The key to good fishing now is finding clean water that is unaffected by red tide. Red tide doesn’t do well in fresh water, so areas where salinity is diluted such as creek and river mouths, may be a good option.

Elise Ritzenhaler, from TX, with a nice sailcat caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing in the Sarasota area during the past week with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Elise Ritzenhaler, from TX, with a nice sailcat caught and released on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing in the Sarasota area during the past week with Capt. Rick Grassett.

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters is having a huge 60% off sale this weekend, Sat and Sun, Sept 8 and 9. Don’t miss it! Also, don’t forget that snook and reds are now catch and release only from portions of Manatee County to Collier County. Full details including exact boundaries can be found at http://myfwc.com/media/4483041/eo18-38.pdf . This is a great time of year to beat the heat, by fishing dock lights before dawn, which is the coolest time of day. In addition to snook, you may also find juvenile tarpon, trout and reds in the lights as we head into fall. There should also be some tarpon action in areas of upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by 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.
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 9/1/2018

As most of you already know, we are having a severe and extensive red tide, although it is showing signs of improvement in some areas. Fortunately, the Florida FWC has enacted a temporary modification of regulations for reds and snook, in the areas affected by the recent red tide. The area extends from a line in Manatee County from Emerson Pt west to Bean Pt and continuing west to the Hillsborough County line, south to the south bank of Gordon Pass in Collier County. Reds and snook will be catch and release only until at least Oct 12, 2018 to allow a stock assessment to be completed before determining if the action will be rescinded or extended. Full details, including exact boundaries can be found at http://myfwc.com/media/4483041/eo18-38.pdf . Personally I wish spotted sea trout would have also been included, especially breeders over 20”, but I applaud them for taking this action to protect our fishery.

That being said, September is usually one of my favorite months, although this is not a normal September. Reds should be schooling on shallow grass flats and you also might find big trout there at first light. Baitfish along beaches will attract Spanish mackerel, false albacore (little tunny), sharks, tarpon and more. You should find snook around docks and bridges in the ICW. There should also be tarpon around bridges at night and in areas of Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor. Juvenile tarpon from 10 to 30-pounds should be a good option in creeks and canals. All of this depends on how quickly the red tide clears up. The key to good fishing this September will be finding clean water that is unaffected by red tide. There are some areas that are unaffected and fish will may concentrate in those areas. Red tide normally doesn’t blanket an entire area, it is patchy and changes from day to day and even tide to tide. It doesn’t do well in fresh water, so areas where fresh water is flowing out of creeks and rivers should be a good option.

Jon Johnston, from PA, had good action catching and releasing snook on flies while fishing dock lights recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Johnston, from PA, had good action catching and releasing snook on flies while fishing dock lights recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

I did some scouting this week in advance of an upcoming trip and had decent action catching and releasing 7 or 8 snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly, fishing dock lights in the ICW. Jon Johnston, from PA, fished the same area with me on Saturday morning. He had great action catching and releasing numerous snook to 24” also on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. After a tide change snook started feeding on shrimp, so we switched to a Shrimp Gurgler fly and caught a few on top. Great to see snook plentiful and actively feeding!

Catch and release snook fishing around dock lights and bridges and trout, blues and more on deep grass flats should be good options if the water is clean in those areas. There should be some tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks may also be a good option, if you can find them. 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 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 (home/office)