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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge, South Andros, Bahamas Fishing Report for 11/19/2017

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 and I drove from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale last Saturday where we met up with John and DJ, from NY and Mike, from TX and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Watermakers Air.

DJ, from NY, with a chunky South Andros bonefish caught and released on a fly while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

DJ, from NY, with a chunky South Andros bonefish caught and released on a fly while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, FL, with a South Andros bonefish caught and released on a fly while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Stewart Lavelle, from Sarasota, FL, with a South Andros bonefish caught and released on a fly while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Capt Rick Grassett with a South Andros bonefish caught and released on a fly while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

Capt Rick Grassett with a South Andros bonefish caught and released on a fly while fishing out of Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge.

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. 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, Bahamas- bonefish heaven!

South Andros, Bahamas- bonefish heaven!

The vast flats of South Andros are rich with bonefish!

The vast flats of South Andros are rich with bonefish!

We mostly waded and fished everything from large schools of bonefish to cruising or tailing singles and doubles. Despite tough conditions due to a stalled front early in the week, clouds, wind and some rain, we still had action with bonefish including some 4 and 5-lb fish. Larger bonefish were in the 6 to 7-pound class and several were close to double digits. Top producing flies during the week were Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp and Gotchas. Like fishing anywhere, there were some great days and some slower days, but overall it was a great trip to a great lodge!

Back home in Sarasota, tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore in the coastal gulf should be good options now depending on conditions. Look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find albies and mackerel. Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, flounder and more should also be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for the week of 11/6/17

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore (little tunny) in the coastal gulf on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails, jerk worms and DOA Shrimp recently.

Tatiana Migliaretti, from Switzerland, caught and released her first tripletail on a DOA Shrimp while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Tatiana Migliaretti, from Switzerland, caught and released her first tripletail on a DOA Shrimp while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina, from Switzerland, had good action catching and releasing Spanish mackerel on flies while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina, from Switzerland, had good action catching and releasing Spanish mackerel on flies while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina and Tatiana Migliaretti, from Switzerland, fished the coastal gulf with me on Monday, 11/6. They had good action catching and releasing Spanish mackerel, several albies and a couple of tripletail on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Tatiana caught and released her first tripletail on 2.75” DOA Shrimp and Massimo scored his first albie and tripletail on flies. Great job!

Massimo Giardina , from Switzerland, caught and released his first false albacore on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina , from Switzerland, caught and released his first false albacore on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly anglers fishing with me also had great action another day with albies, catching and releasing more than 10 on my Grassett Snook Minnow and Ultra Hair Clouser flies. A bonus for the day was catching a cobia on a fly off of a huge Manta ray, the only one I’ve ever seen in more than 30 years of fishing in Sarasota. The action was so good that we couldn’t leave!

With the water temperature in the low 70’s, action with Spanish mackerel, albies, tripletail and cobia in the coastal gulf should continue. There should also be good action with trout and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for snook, trout and reds is improving due to cooler water. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should also be 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
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 11/4/2017

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay and tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore (little tunny) in the coastal gulf on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails, jerk worms and DOA Shrimp during the past week. As anticipated, with the water temperature down to the mid 70’s, action turned on in the coastal gulf.

Jim Collins, from Bradenton, FL, caught and released this bluefish in Sarasota Bay on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jim Collins, from Bradenton, FL, caught and released this bluefish in Sarasota Bay on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jim Collins, from Bradenton, FL, caught and released this nice false albacore in the coastal gulf on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Jim Collins, from Bradenton, FL, caught and released this nice false albacore in the coastal gulf on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Fly anglers Jim Collins, from Bradenton, FL and Dave Graham, from Evergreen, CO, fished with me on Tuesday and Thursday. We worked deep grass flats on the east side of Sarasota Bay on Tuesday and they had steady action catching and releasing numerous trout and several nice bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. We fished the coastal gulf on Thursday and it was on fire! They had great action catching and releasing Spanish mackerel and 7 or 8 albies on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Although you usually have to work hard for them, the fish stayed up all day long, blitzing glass minnow schools and giving us steady action. Jim’s last fish of the day was a 12-pounder that took him deep into his backing, around a crab trap float and around the boat several times!

Dave Graham, from CO, caught and released this false albacore in the coastal gulf on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Graham, from CO, caught and released this false albacore in the coastal gulf on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina, from Switzerland, had good action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay on Ultra Hair Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina, from Switzerland, had good action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay on Ultra Hair Clouser flies while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina and Tatiana Migliaretti, from Switzerland, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday morning. They had good action catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and 4” jerk worms and Ultra Hair Clouser flies in the morning. We fished the coastal gulf in the afternoon and they had good action catching and releasing numerous Spanish mackerel and a couple of nice albies on CAL jigs with shad tails and Ultra Hair Clouser flies. They finished the day with a 5-lb tripletail on a 2.75” DOA Shrimp!

Massimo Giardina and Tatiana Migliaretti, from Switzerland, caught this nice tripletail in the coastal gulf on a 2.75" DOA Shrimp while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina and Tatiana Migliaretti, from Switzerland, caught this nice tripletail in the coastal gulf on a 2.75″ DOA Shrimp while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina and Tatiana Migliaretti, from Switzerland, had good action catching and releasing false albacore in the coastal gulf on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Massimo Giardina and Tatiana Migliaretti, from Switzerland, had good action catching and releasing false albacore in the coastal gulf on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.

This should be just the start of good action with Spanish mackerel, albies, tripletail and cobia in the coastal gulf. There should also be good action with trout and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for snook, trout and reds is improving due to cooler water. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should also be 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.
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E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799