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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 11/11/2018

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook at night and Spanish mackerel and tripletail in the coastal gulf on flies and trout and flounder on CAL jigs with shad tails in the Terra Ceia area during the past week.

Nick Delle Donne, from PA,, with a tripletail caught and released on a Grassett Flats Bunny fly while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Nick Delle Donne, from PA,, with a tripletail caught and released on a Grassett Flats Bunny fly while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kirk Grassett , from DE, with a nice snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kirk Grassett , from DE, with a nice snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE and Nick Delle Donne, from Lancaster, PA, snook fished with me in Sarasota recently before heading over to Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge to fly fish for bonefish. We fished before daylight and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We fished the coastal gulf after daylight and caught and released Spanish mackerel and a tripletail on my Grassett Snook Minnow and Flats Bunny fly.

I also spent a couple of days fishing the Terra Ceia area. Marshall Dinerman and his friend Edwin, both from Atlanta, fished with me one day and Tim Graham, from Nokomis and Pat Redmond, from Sarasota, also fished that area with me another day. We had some action with trout on deep grass flats and flounder in potholes on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Pat Redmond, from Sarasota, with a flounder caught on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing lower Tampa Bay  with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Pat Redmond, from Sarasota, with a flounder caught on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing lower Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fishing dock lights in the evening or before dawn, which is the coolest time of day, is still a good option for catch and release snook fishing. This is also a great time of year to fish the coastal gulf for false albacore, tripletail, Spanish mackerel when conditions are good. The key to success is finding clean water. 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
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge, South Andros, Bahamas Fishing Report for 11/7/2018

I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas during the past week. Stewart Lavelle from Sarasota, FL, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Nicholas Delle Donne, from Lancaster, PA, Bill Crelin, from Milwaukee, WI and I drove from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale last Saturday where we met up with John and DJ, from NY, and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Watermakers Air. Jerry Poslusny, from Rochester, NY, met up with us at the lodge via Nassau.

Kirk Grassett with a big Mars Bay bonefish.

Kirk Grassett with a big Mars Bay bonefish.

Stewart Lavelle Mars Bay Lodge bonefish.

Stewart Lavelle Mars Bay Lodge bonefish.

Jerry Poslusny with a nice Mars Bay Lodge bonefish.

Jerry Poslusny with a nice Mars Bay Lodge bonefish.

We fished hand-picked tides on the quarter phase of the moon, low tide in the morning progressing to slightly later each day throughout the week and it paid off. We did a lot of wading and fished everything from large schools of bonefish to cruising or tailing singles and doubles. Conditions were good and action was also good, including quite a few fish in the 4 to 8-lb category and a couple double-digit fish. John caught and released a bonefish of a lifetime, 33” and an estimated 14-lbs! Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. Like fishing anywhere, there were some great days and some slower days, but overall it was a great trip to a great lodge!

DJ with a nice Mars Bay bonefish.

DJ with a nice Mars Bay bonefish.

John's 33", 14-lb bonefish.

John’s 33″, 14-lb bonefish.

Mars Bay Lodge guide Dingy with a nice South Andros 'cuda caught by Kirk Grassett on a plug.

Mars Bay Lodge guide Dingy with a nice South Andros ‘cuda caught by Kirk Grassett on a plug.

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly during our stay at the lodge. We dined on a variety of excellent authentic Bahamian dishes including fresh fish, lobster and conch. One of the best things about Mars Bay Lodge, the southernmost lodge on South Andros, is fishing the vast sand flats and scattered mangrove keys to the south. South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! This trip as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips, so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.

Capt. Rick Grassett with an estimated 8-lb South Andros bonefish.

Capt. Rick Grassett with an estimated 8-lb South Andros bonefish.

Back home in Sarasota, night snook fishing and tripletail and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf have been the best options depending on conditions. Fish peak tidal flows for snook and look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find mackerel or albies.

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 10/20/2018

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing false albacore (little tunny), tripletail and Spanish mackerel on flies, DOA Shrimp and CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week. With sea conditions settling down after the passing of Hurricane Michael and an east wind pattern, the latest reports show very little red tide in the coastal gulf.

Steve Schadt, from Sarasota, with an albie caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Steve Schadt, from Sarasota, with an albie caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Steve Schadt, from Sarasota, with an albie caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Steve Schadt, from Sarasota, with an albie caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

I scouted the coastal gulf early in the week and found lots of bait but not much else going on. However I caught and released several tripletail on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Shrimp. It got better when Steve Schadt, from Sarasota, fished the same area with me on Friday. We found albies (little tunny) and Spanish mackerel feeding in bait schools. Steve caught and released a couple of albies on a CAL jig with a shad tail before switching to fly tackle. He caught and released several more albies and a couple of Spanish mackerel on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We hunted tripletail on the way in and he caught and released several on a CAL jig with a shad tail. Good day!SteveShadtSarasotaCALShadtripletail2

Remember that snook and reds are off limits on portions of the west coast now. 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 Pasco County, south to the south bank of Gordon Pass in Collier County. Reds and snook are catch and release only in that zone until May 10, 2019. I applaud them for taking this action to protect our fishery. Full details including exact boundaries can be found at http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2018/september/26/comm-red-tide/ .

Since we are still in a summer time pattern, it is a great time 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. This is also a great time of year to fish the coastal gulf for false albacore, tripletail, Spanish mackerel and more. 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 (office-land line)