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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 11/27/2021

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing tripletail and a bonus false albacore on flies in the coastal gulf recently. My brother Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days prior to us heading over to Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas. With all of our pre-travel COVID testing and paperwork completed, we had a chance to fish a day. With good conditions, we hunted tripletail, found a few and caught and released several on flies. We also found a couple of schools of false albacore (little tunny) that were up and down very briefly but we were able to be in the right place at the right time to hook up! Patrice Camillieri, from France, also got in on the action, catching and releasing several tripletail on a fly on another trip with me. Spin fishing anglers fishing shallow water with me caught and released a few decent trout on DOA Lures.PatriceCamillieriSarasotaflytripletail2KirkGrassettSarasotaflyalbieKirkGrassettSarasotaflytripletail4

Fish the coastal gulf when conditions are good and look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a usually a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, 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 & Fly Casting Instructor 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
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(941) 923-7799 (office/land line)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge, South Andros, Bahamas Fishing Report, November 2021

After a hiatus from the trip due to COVID restrictions last year, I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas recently. Stewart Lavelle and Mike Perez, from Sarasota, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, Rusty Chinnis from Longboat Key, Bill Crelin, from Milwaukee, WI and I drove from Sarasota to FXE in Ft. Lauderdale where we met up with John and DJ, from NY, and Tracy and Cullen Baker, from NC and traveled to Congotown, South Andros on Makers Air.KirkGrassettMarsBaybonefishDJMarsBaybonefish

We waded vast sand flats and also fished from flats skiffs for everything from large cruising or tailing single and double bonefish to large schools of fish. Conditions were tough on a couple of days with wind and rain but action was fairly good on those days. There were also a couple of slower days but overall actions was good and included a few bonefish in the 4 to 6-pound class and a couple of double digit fish. Top producing flies during the week were Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp, Mars Bay Special, Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Gotchas and Gotcha variations. Overall it was a great trip to a great lodge!MikePerezMarsBaybonefish2KirkGrassettMarsBaycuda

Bill Howard, the resident owner/operator, does a great job making things run smoothly 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. Being the southernmost lodge on South Andros also means about a 10-mile shorter boat run each way and more fishing! South Andros has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! This trip, as well as my Montana trip, are annual trips so if you have an interest in any future trips contact me or go to the Destination Trips page of my web sites.TracyBakerMarsBaybonefish2StewartLavelleMarsBaybonefish

Back home in Sarasota, tripletail in the coastal gulf has been a good option depending on conditions. Deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been producing trout, blues and jacks on CAL jigs with Shad tails and Clouser flies.

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
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(941) 923-7799 (office)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 11/7/2021

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, jacks and tripletail on flies and DOA Lures recently. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me and had some action catching and releasing trout to more than 20”, blues and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies. I did some scouting one day with my friend Steve Gibson, of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing. With good conditions, we hunted tripletail, found a few and he caught and released several on flies. Mostly small but still wary and a fun sight-fishing option. Marshall Dinerman, from Lido, and Mike Kreisberg, from Longboat Key, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and caught and released numerous trout, jacks and a juvenile cobia on CAL jigs with a variety of tails.PatBeckwithSBClouserflySpanishmackerelPatBeckwithSBClouserflybluefish2PatBeckwithSBClouserflytroutSteveGibsonSarasotaflytripletail

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, 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 & Fly Casting Instructor 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 10/23/2021

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout, blues, jacks and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay and a bonus cobia in the gulf on flies and DOA Lures on several trips recently.DanPattersonSBClouserflySpanishmackerelHarper&ScottPerezSBCALShadtrout2

Dan Patterson, from Siesta Key, fished with me and had some action catching and releasing several Spanish mackerel and trout on Clouser flies. Scott and Harper Perez, from Indianapolis, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and caught and released trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Mark Betten, from Sarasota, and Todd Hesket, from Denver, also had some action with trout, blues and jacks on CAL jigs with shad tails. I scouted the coastal gulf one day and found a nice cobia swimming on the surface in a bait school. Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, was with me and he caught and released the cobia on a CAL jig with a shad tail. Right time, right place!ToddHesketSBCALShadbluefishCaptRickSarasotaCALShadcobiarelease

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more. 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
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide & Fly Casting Instructor 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 10/9/2021

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, tripletail and snook in Sarasota Bay and the ICW on flies and DOA Lures on several trips recently.DaveKingSBflytripletailSharaKingSBCALShadSpanishmackerelSharaKingSBCALShadtrout

Dave and Shara King, from Dillon, MT, fished a couple of trips with me and had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel , tripletail and snook in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. They also fished dock lights in the ICW with me on another trip and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly and DOA Tiny TerrorEyz.DaveKingSBflysnook2DaveKingflynightsnook2

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more. 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
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide & Fly Casting Instructor 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 Montana Fly Fishing Trip Report for 8/21/2021

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently. Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, and I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE, Nick Delle Donne, from PA and Denton Kent, from VA and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT. We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, from IN, who drove and met us at the lodge.DentonKentMTbrownCaptRickBeaverheadbrown2DennisKinleyMT brown2

Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout. We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Madison Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with these guides for more than 20-years, they work hard, do a great job and know their fishery well. We had great action on 5 and 6-weight fly tackle with brown and rainbow trout to more than 20” on streamers, dry flies, dry/dropper and nymph rigs. The dry fly action was with a variety of grasshopper patterns, sometimes with a nymph dropper, or with a smaller dry fly and a few other bugs. Like fishing everywhere, there were good days and slower days but overall it was great!MikePerezBeaverheadbrown2KirkGrassettBeaverheadbrown7

Equipped with an industrial size kitchen and a large dining room with ranch style seating, it is a great place for a group. Chef Annie Kubicka spoiled us with hearty Montana meals and desserts! The weather and scenery were outstanding with temperatures ranging from a very comfortable high 40’s in the morning to the mid 80’s in the afternoon with only 10% to15% humidity, a welcome relief from southwest Florida’s heat and humidity in August! In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw lots of deer, pronghorn antelope, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sand hill cranes.NickDelleDonneBeaverheadbrown3RustyChinnisMontanabrown

Back in Sarasota red tide is an issue, but there are areas of clean water that are fine. Catch and release snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. There should be tarpon in areas of upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks may also be a good option. You might also find them in a few places mixed with snook in dock lights. Due to the nature of red tide, conditions may change from day to day so be ready to adjust if necessary. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, 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 and Casting Instructor/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