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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 6/10/2018

Anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing trout and a red on CAL jigs with jerk worms and shad tails. Another angler caught and released a blacktip shark on a threadfin while fishing the coastal gulf with me.

Jeff Stresing (left), from Parrish, FL, and Capt. Rick Grassett with a blacktip shark that Jeff caught and released on a threadfin while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jeff Stresing (left), from Parrish, FL, and Capt. Rick Grassett with a blacktip shark that Jeff caught and released on a threadfin while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Several days of tarpon fishing were either canceled or rescheduled due west winds causing rough and dirty water. However, Hal Lutz from Parrish, FL, was able to get out for tarpon in the coastal gulf a couple of days with me. Hal hooked up on a fly one day and Jeff Stressing, also from Parrish, caught and released a blacktip shark on a threadfin on another trip.

Scottie Heidler, from Miami and Scott Heidler, from, OH, with a red that Scottie caught and released on a CAL jig with a jerk worm while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Scottie Heidler, from Miami and Scott Heidler, from, OH, with a red that Scottie caught and released on a CAL jig with a jerk worm while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Longtime clients Scott Heidler, from OH and Scottie Heidler, from Miami, fished a day with me last week. We were scheduled to tarpon fish, but conditions wouldn’t allow it so we fished Sarasota Bay instead. They had some action catching and releasing trout on deep grass flats and a red in shallow water on CAL jigs with jerk worms and shad tails.

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is very dependent on conditions, so when conditions are good we should have some opportunities. There should also be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure, 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, FL Fishing Report for 5/13/2018

Tarpon numbers are increasing as migratory fish arrive along our beaches. Look for tarpon schools to be moving both north and south along our beaches, especially early in the season. Set up in their line of travel and wait for tarpon schools to move past and cast a live crab or pinfish or a DOA Baitbuster to them. Once you’ve seen the first school of fish, you can concentrate your efforts in that “lane” since other schools may be following the same route. When they aren’t showing well on the surface, a live bait under a float in their travel lane may score. I’ve also done well blind casting a DOA Baitbuster or Swimming Mullet, if you’re in the right spot, when there wasn’t much showing on the surface. Even in deep water (10’-25’), be quiet and use your electric trolling motor sparingly. Even though your 4-stroke outboard sounds quiet, it is no substitute for an electric trolling motor.

Tarpon will become more plentiful in the coastal gulf as water temperatures rise. Capt. Rick Grassett lands one that was caught and released in the coastal gulf in a previous May.

Tarpon will become more plentiful in the coastal gulf as water temperatures rise. Capt. Rick Grassett lands one that was caught and released in the coastal gulf in a previous May.

Fly anglers should do well with a variety of baitfish or crab fly patterns fished on floating or intermediate sink tip fly lines. Staking out or anchoring in shallow water on their travel route should result in some shots at fish. The best angle is a “head on” shot, followed by a quartering shot. A perpendicular shot may work if it’s timed perfectly, although casting too far beyond their line of travel will usually spook them. I use a push pole in shallow water if I need to adjust my position to make a cast.

Give other tarpon anglers a minimum of 300-yards of space in any direction, since fish may be moving north or south. If you set up any closer than that, you may be deflecting fish that are headed towards other anglers. Also, be respectful of other anglers by not running your outboard close to them. Once tarpon are pressured or spooked, they are tougher for everyone to catch.

There should also be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure, 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
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(941) 923-7799