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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Fishing Report for 6/23/2019

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon in the coastal gulf during the past week. A persistent west wind for most of the week made conditions tough and a couple of trips were cancelled. Despite a big swell and choppy conditions on several days that we fished, some tarpon schools were high in the water column and several tarpon were jumped. Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton and Jeff Handlin, from CO, fished with me on Friday. They had lots of shots and Jeb landed a fish. Great job!

Capt. Rick removing the fly from Jeb Mulock's tarpon.

Capt. Rick removing the fly from Jeb Mulock’s tarpon.

Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton. battles a tarpon while fishing with Capt. Rick in the coastal gulf.

Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton. battles a tarpon while fishing with Capt. Rick in the coastal gulf.

Capt. Rick and Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton, with his fly caught tarpon.

Capt. Rick and Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton, with his fly caught tarpon.

Look for tarpon in the coastal gulf. If conditions are poor in the gulf, you may find them in protected inside waters where fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may also be a good option. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat. 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 (office)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Fishing Report for 6/15/2019

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook and tarpon on DOA Lures and live crabs in backcountry areas of Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor recently. A persistent west wind for most of the week made the coastal gulf too uncomfortable to fish, so we fished more protected areas.

Capt. Rick leadering Dennis Ondercin's Charlotte Harbor tarpon

Capt. Rick leadering Dennis Ondercin’s Charlotte Harbor tarpon

Dennis Ondercin, from OH, fights a tarpon to the boat while fishing Charlotte Harbor recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dennis Ondercin, from OH, fights a tarpon to the boat while fishing Charlotte Harbor recently with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Capt. Rick with Dennis Ondercin's Charlotte Harbor tarpon

Capt. Rick with Dennis Ondercin’s Charlotte Harbor tarpon

Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota and his dad, Dennis Ondercin, from OH, fished several days with me during the past week. We fished backcountry areas in Tampa Bay and they had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms and DOA PT-7 top water baits. We fished another day in the backcountry of Charlotte Harbor and they had good action jumping 3 tarpon and landing 2 of them on a DOA Baitbuster and live crabs. Tarpon fishing is very dependent on conditions and we were fortunate to have great conditions for tarpon that day.

Dennis Ondercin's Charlotte Harbor DOA PT-7 trout

Dennis Ondercin’s Charlotte Harbor DOA PT-7 trout

Capt. Rick with Cliff Ondercin's Charlotte Harbor DOA Baitbuster tarpon

Capt. Rick with Cliff Ondercin’s Charlotte Harbor DOA Baitbuster tarpon

Look for tarpon in the coastal gulf. If conditions are poor in the gulf, you may find them in protected inside waters where fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may also be a good option. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat. 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 (office)

 

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Fishing Report for 6/8/2019

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with Spanish mackerel, false albacore (little tunny) and tarpon in the coastal gulf recently.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, battles a tarpon while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, battles a tarpon while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mark Nielson, from Seaford, DE, with a false albacore caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mark Nielson, from Seaford, DE, with a false albacore caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly angler Mark Nielson, from Seaford, DE, fished a day with me and despite a water temperature of 85 degrees, Spanish mackerel and false albacore were plentiful in the coastal gulf. I have seen this happen this time of year before but mackerel have usually migrated north by now. Glass minnow (bay anchovy) schools were thick and predators had them balled up. Mark caught and released several mackerel and ended the day with his first false albacore on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Great job!

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with a tarpon caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, with a tarpon caught and released while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Capt. Rick lands a tarpon caught by Dave Reinhart, from MA, while fishing the coastal gulf.

Capt. Rick lands a tarpon caught by Dave Reinhart, from MA, while fishing the coastal gulf.

Dave Reinhart, from MA, and Domenick Raschella, from VA, fished the coastal gulf in Sarasota with me on another trip and Dave caught and released a tarpon on a live crab with spinning tackle. Although tarpon fishing is very dependent on conditions, they are plentiful now in the coastal gulf as they migrate through our area to spawn.

Look for tarpon, Spanish mackerel, false albacore and other migratory species in the coastal gulf. Catch and release night snook fishing is also a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat. 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 (office)