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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 4/17/2021

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me recently. Spin fishing anglers scored with CAL jigs and a variety of plastic tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Fly anglers got it done with Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines.

Greg Stepanski, from Tampa, fished a blustery day in Sarasota Bay with me recently and had good action with trout and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs and plugs. We ducked into a creek to hide from the wind and caught and released some decent jacks and a snook.GregSrepanskiSBplugjackGregSrepanskiSBplugmackerel

Fly angler Dave Wahl, from Lakewood Ranch, also got in on the action on another trip catching and releasing trout and blues on Clouser flies fished on a sink tip fly line. Susan Wayde, from Bloomfield Hills, MI took the CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school and then fished Sarasota Bay with Mark Wayde, also from Bloomfield Hills, with me recently. They had a great day catching and releasing trout, jacks and a couple of Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies.SusanWaydeSBClouserflytrout2DaveWahlSBClouserflybluefish

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and pompano. Check the coastal gulf for Spanish mackerel, false albacore and tripletail when conditions are good. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 3/21/2021

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay with me recently. Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, and Don Morrison, from MA, fished a trip with me and had great action with trout and Spanish mackerel on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished skinny water with me on a blustery day later in the week. Fish were turned on ahead of an approaching front. He caught and released a slam, including a 28” snook, 28” redfish, trout and a couple of pompano that were sight fished on top of a bar in 18” of water, all on CAL jigs with a grub tail! Not big numbers of fish but a great day for quality fish and variety.DaveReinhartSBCALGrubsnook2DaveReinhartSBCALGrubredDaveReinhartSBCALGrubpompanoBilMorrisonSBGrassettFlatsMinnowflySpanishmackerel

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. Check the coastal gulf for Spanish mackerel, false albacore and tripletail when conditions are good. Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is also a good option now, although they are very challenging in clear water. These conditions usually require long casts to avoid spooking fish. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 3/14/2021

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action fishing Sarasota Bay recently. Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, from MI, fished with me and had good action with Spanish mackerel, pompano, blues and trout on Clouser flies on a recent trip. Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria Island, and Peggy and Jerry Brenner, from NH, also got in on the action on a couple of other trips catching trout, blues and Spanish mackerel also on Clouser flies.BillMorrisonSBClouserflybluefish2AlanSugarSBClouserflySpanishmackerelAlanSugarSBClouserflypompanoRayHutchinsonSBClouserflytrout

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. Check the coastal gulf for Spanish mackerel, false albacore and tripletail when conditions are good. Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is also a good option now, although they are very challenging in clear water. These conditions usually require long casts to avoid spooking fish. 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 and www.flyfishingflorida.us
E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799 (office/land line)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 2/27/2021

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook at night and trout in Sarasota Bay recently. Fly fishing for snook at night remains a dependable option. Mike Perez, from Sarasota, and Al Joseph, from Cape Coral, fished dock lights in the ICW on a night trip with me recently. They had good action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Al got his first snook and Mike caught and released a 31” snook to end the evening. Great job! Alan Sugar, from MI, fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout on Clouser flies on another trip.MikePerez31inflynightsnookAl1stflysnook

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is also a good option now. With winter conditions we have very clear water, which usually requires long casts to avoid spooking fish. Depending on tide, sometimes afternoons and evenings will fish better due to warmer water. 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 and www.flyfishingflorida.us
E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799 (office/land line)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 2/20/2021

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook at night and trout and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with a variety of plastic tails recently. Denny Mattingly and a friend, from IN, fished dock lights in the ICW on a night trip with me recently. They had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, also got in on the action catching and releasing numerous snook on flies on another night trip. Bill Rohm and Tom Keir, from OH, fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout and a couple of Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails on another trip.TomKeirSBClouserflymackerelDennyMattinglyflynightsnook

Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is a good option now. With winter conditions we have very clear water, which usually requires long casts to avoid spooking fish. Depending on tide, sometimes afternoons and evenings will fish better due to warmer water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also a good choice for action with 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.
www.snookfin-addict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us
E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799 (office/land line)