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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Fishing Report for 1/12/2019

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout and snook in Gasparilla Sound on CAL jigs with shad tails recently. Anglers fishing closer to home with me caught and released snook, jacks and trout on flies and DOA Lures on several trips in Little Sarasota and Terra Ceia Bays. With cooler water behind a couple of fronts we didn’t catch big numbers of fish, but we caught and released a few good ones in skinny water.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Little Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Little Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice jack caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Little Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Rick Anderson, from IL, with a nice jack caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Little Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock, his son-in-law Rick Anderson and grandson, Nate, from IL, had a good trip with me in Little Sarasota Bay. We fished docks where they caught and released snook and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails. They also caught and released about a dozen trout in deeper water on CAL jigs and DOA Deadly Combos.

Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, with a nice trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, with a nice trout caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 28" snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 28″ snook caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith and Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on another trip on a blustery day. The day behind a front, it was cold and windy to start. They fished hard and caught and released a couple of good trout and a 28” snook on a CAL jig with a shad tail!

Fishing dock lights in the evening is usually a good option for catch and release snook fishing this time of year, although it is dependent on tide and conditions. Fishing shallow flats is both challenging and rewarding. It usually requires fishing hard to find and catch fish. You may not catch big numbers of fish but you may catch some good ones. 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 Fishing Report for 12/29/2018

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout, snook and reds in Gasparilla Sound on DOA Lures and flies recently. Anglers fishing with me also caught and released ladyfish, trout and snook closer to home also on DOA Lures and flies on a couple of trips in Little Sarasota Bay and Roberts Bay.

Rich Hilser, from Marion, NC, with a trout caught and released on a fly while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Rich Hilser, from Marion, NC, with a trout caught and released on a fly while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Rich Hilser, from Marion, NC, fished a couple of days with me in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande and had some action caching and releasing trout and ladyfish on Clouser flies. Adam Theiler, from London, and Kirk Theiler, from IN, fished the same area with me and caught and released several reds, snook and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms. They weren’t large fish, but they had a couple of slams on the boat! Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, also fished that area with me on another trip and had similar action including a slam. His last fish of the day was a 28”, 8-lb red that was caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail!

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 28" red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, with a 28″ red caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fishing dock lights in the evening is usually a good option for catch and release snook fishing this time of year, although it is dependent on tide and conditions. Fishing shallow flats is both challenging and rewarding. It usually requires fishing hard to find and catch fish. You may not catch big numbers of fish but you may catch some good ones. 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)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Fishing Report for 12/15/2018

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout on flies and trout, reds and snook on CAL Shad tails and top water plugs in Tampa Bay recently. Anna Maria Island winter resident, Bill Morrison, fished with me on Weds and caught a few trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Jerry Roth, from Sanford, FL, fished with me on Thursday and had some action catching and releasing snook on a top water plug. It’s always fun to watch a snook “blow up” on a top water plug!

Jerry Roth, from Sanford, FL, with a snook caught and released on a top water plug while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jerry Roth, from Sanford, FL, with a snook caught and released on a top water plug while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

The best trip was on Friday, with the worst conditions, when Jon Yenari and Kyle Ruffing, from Sarasota, fished with me. The weather forecast was for wind and rain late in the day, which was wrong as it rained on us almost the entire day. When it finally quit raining the wind bumped up to above 20-mph. Despite that they caught and released 3 reds, about 10 trout and a snook to complete their slam on CAL shad tails. Great job!

Jon Yenari , from Sarasota, with a trout caught and released on a CAL Shad tail while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jon Yenari , from Sarasota, with a trout caught and released on a CAL Shad tail while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kyle Ruffing , from Sarasota, with a red caught and released on a CAL Shad tail while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Kyle Ruffing , from Sarasota, with a red caught and released on a CAL Shad tail while fishing Tampa Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fishing dock lights in the evening is usually a good option for catch and release snook fishing this time of year, although it is dependent on tide and conditions. Fishing shallow flats is both challenging and rewarding. It usually requires fishing hard to find and catch fish. One of the keys to success is finding clean water, whether it is on the flats or in the ICW. 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)