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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 9/4/2017

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with snook around dock lights and trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay during the past week. This is a great time of year 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 as we head into fall.

Randy Ritzenhaler, from TX, and his daughter, Elise,  had some action catching and releasing trout on a CAL jig with a shad tail and an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Randy Ritzenhaler, from TX, and his daughter, Elise, had some action catching and releasing trout on a CAL jig with a shad tail and an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Randy Ritzenhaler, from TX, had some action catching and releasing snook and trout on a Grassett Snook Minnow while fly fishing Sarasota Bay dock lights before dawn with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Randy Ritzenhaler, from TX, had some action catching and releasing snook and trout on a Grassett Snook Minnow while fly fishing Sarasota Bay dock lights before dawn with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Labor Day weekend is often “family time” on the water and this weekend was no different as kids had some fun fishing with family members. Fly angler Randy Ritzenhaler and his daughter Elise, from TX, fished a predawn snook/flats trip in Sarasota with me on Thursday. Randy had some action before daylight catching and releasing snook and a nice trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly fished on a sink tip fly line. They also had some action catching and releasing trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly and a CAL jig with a shad tail on the west side of the bay.

Despite all the rain we’ve had, except for tannin stained water, deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay looked good. I had a couple of trips on Saturday and Sunday and the best action was with trout over deep grass flats. Al Ribas, from Miami, FL, and his grandson Michael, from Port Charlotte, FL, had some action catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Al Ribas, from Miami, FL, and his grandson, Michael, had some action catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Saradota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Al Ribas, from Miami, FL, and his grandson, Michael, had some action catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Saradota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

You may find juvenile tarpon, trout or reds mixed with snook in dock lights. You should also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and adult tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and some areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should be a good option. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. Snook season reopened on Sept 1st on the west coast of Florida. Bag limit is 1 fish per person, per day between 28”-33”. Full regulations can be found at www.myfwc.com. Personally, I will continue to ask that snook be released on my boat. They are a magnificent game fish that hits hard and fights strong and smart. If continuing to release them now means more and bigger snook later, I’m all for that.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 8/26/2017

I was away on a family vacation recently, so I don’t have much to report locally. However, I did get out for a trip after we returned. A fly angler fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook, jacks, mangrove snapper and ladyfish on flies on his first ever saltwater fly fishing trip.

Greg Whitledge, from IL, with a snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Greg Whitledge, from IL, with a snook caught and released on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Greg Whitledge, from IL, fished a predawn snook/flats trip with me on Friday morning. That trip, which gives anglers a good chance for snook and tarpon on a fly around dock lights before moving to the flats at the best time of day, is a great option this time of year. He did well, catching and releasing several snook before daylight on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Just as we were wrapping up the snook fishing, a school of jacks erupted in a frenzy, trapping bait along a seawall. He added a few more species to his tally by catching and releasing mangrove snapper, jacks and ladyfish out of the fray!

You may find juvenile tarpon mixed with snook in dock lights or in canals and creeks during the day. You may also find juvenile and adult tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and some areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should be a good option. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. Remember that snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st. Please handle them gently and release them quickly.

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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