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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 12/7/2019

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf recently. Fly anglers scored with tripletail, pompano, trout, Spanish mackerel and blues. Spin fishing anglers had some action catching and releasing reds and snook in skinny water and trout, bluefish, pompano and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with shad and grub tails.MikePerzSBCALShadsnookDentonKentSarasotaflytripletail

Mike Perez and Denton Kent, from Sarasota, fished a day in Sarasota with me recently. We covered a lot of water in the coastal gulf but only found a few tripletail that day. Fortunately, Denton caught and released a nice one on a fly. We moved to inside waters and were pleasantly surprised to find some reds and snook in skinny water. They caught and released several reds and a nice snook on CAL jigs with shad tails. Jim Hazlett, from Sarasota, also caught and released a couple of reds on CAL jigs with shad tails on another trip with me.MarshallDinermanSBCALShadpompanoJimHazlettSBCALJerkwormred

Marshall Dinerman, from Lido Key and his son, Michael from Atlanta, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently. They had steady action with trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails. Barney Naylor, from MI, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and had some action catching and releasing pompano, Spanish mackerel and trout on Clouser flies. Good to see Sarasota Bay continuing to rebound!BarneyNaylorSBflypompano

Fishing shallow flats for catch and release reds and snook should be a good option now. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, 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.
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 11/24/2019

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action on several trips in Sarasota Bay, Little Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay and the coastal gulf recently. Fly anglers did well with tripletail in the coastal gulf. Spin and fly fishing anglers fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me had some action catching and releasing trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with shad tails and Clouser flies. A trip in Little Sarasota Bay produced snook and trout on CAL jigs with Shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. We also caught and released reds and snook in skinny water also on CAL jigs with Shad tails.JeffHannaSarasotafly15lbtripletail2BrianNafzingerLSBCALShadtrout

Tripletail action was good in the coastal gulf. Mike Perez, from Sarasota and Jeff Hanna, from Englewood, fished a day with me and they both caught tripletail. Jeff’s tripletail was the largest tripletail ever on a fly on my boat, 15-lbs! Denton Kent, from Sarasota, and Rick Guzewicz, from Longboat Key, fished the next day and both also caught and released tripletail. Rick’s 7-lb tripletail was his first on a fly! A trip later in the week was slower but in addition to a tripletail we also caught a small cobia on a fly.KeithMcClintockTBCALShadredRickGuzewiczSarasota1stflytripletail

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, also had a good day fishing lower Tampa Bay with me, He caught and released several snook, a couple of good reds, trout and a flounder on CAL jigs with Shad tails. Fishing hard often pays off!KeithMcClintockTBCALShadsnook

With stone crab traps in the water now, there is more structure to attract tripletail in the coastal gulf. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook in backcountry areas should also be a good option. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action from 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.
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 Capt. Rick Grassett’s Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge, South Andros, Bahamas Fishing Report, November 2019

I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas recently. Stewart Lavelle from Sarasota, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Jerry Tipper from Port Charlotte, Rusty Chinnis from Longboat Key, Bill Crelin, from Milwaukee, WI and I drove from Sarasota to FXE in Ft. Lauderdale where we met up with John and DJ, from NY, and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air.cwZAB1LgaDSCN1753a

We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of hundreds of fish. Conditions were good and action was also good, including quite a few fish in the 4 to 6 or 7-lb category and several close to double-digit fish. Jerry caught and released a memorable bonefish, an estimated 9-lb fish! 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!IMG_5346aIMG_5367a

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.pjxjDGxQaIMGP4686a

Back home in Sarasota, tripletail in the coastal gulf has been a good option depending on conditions. Deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with Shad tails and Clouser flies. Reds and snook on shallow flats of Tampa Bay have also been a good option.

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
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(941) 923-7799 (office)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 11/10/2019

I had good fly fishing action with snook, reds, trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on a recent trip in Sarasota Bay, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key. My brother Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a couple of days prior to our annual bonefish trip at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge on South Andros, Bahamas. Right on the edge of a front moving through, we fished a pre-dawn snook/flats trip and fish were aggressive. We fished dock lights and had decent action catching and releasing several snook and a couple of reds on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We fished deep grass flats after daylight and had several hours of fast action catching and releasing blues to 4-lbs, Spanish mackerel and trout on Clouser flies.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a nice bluefish caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a nice bluefish caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

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

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

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a red caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, with a red caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fishing dock lights for snook and more and the flats or coastal gulf after daylight is a good option. With stone crab traps in the water now, there is more structure to attract tripletail in the coastal gulf. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook in backcountry areas should also be a good option. 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)