Albie Action Still Hot in Sarasota
<p>Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, snook, flounder, blues, little tunny, Spanish mackerel and reds during the past couple of weeks. The fastest action continues to be in the coastal gulf with little tunny. Spanish mackerel are also plentiful but we actually avoided mackerel schools in lieu of their much stronger cousins.
Tim Graham, from Nokomis, FL, and Dale Vollrath, from Sarasota, FL, fished Gasparilla Sound in Charlotte Harbor with me on Mon, 10/18. They caught and released trout, snook and a nice flounder and red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Jon Roberson, from Cortez, FL, his brother and dad fished Sarasota Bay with me on Weds, 10/20. They had fast action at Stephens Point and near Buttonwood Harbor with numerous trout and about 6 bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Jamie Grow, from the Washington, DC area, night snook fished with me in the ICW near Venice on Friday evening, 10/22. He caught and released 10 or 12 snook to 22" on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.
Capt. John Hand, of Redfish Landing Guide Service in Ruskin, FL, and Dr. Ben Estes, from Augusta, GA, fished the coastal gulf off Siesta Key with me on Monday, 10/25. John was the successful bidder on the trip, which was donated to the Florida Council of Federation of Fly Fishers. They caught and released 4 little tunny in the 8 to 10-pound class and had a couple of other hook ups on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We fished the west side of Sarasota Bay in the afternoon and caught and released a few trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
David and Linda Kornreich, from Orlando, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday and Thursday. David caught and released numerous trout to 18" and small gag grouper on Ultra Hair Clouser flies at Stephens Point. He also connected with a nice red on a spoon fly and after a couple of short, head shaking runs had the fish alongside the boat.
Good tides as we approach a new moon and this weekend's front should make fishing good next week. Action should continue to be good in both the coastal gulf for little tunny, Spanish and king mackerel and in Sarasota Bay for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more. As the water cools, fish will be on the move and feeding.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
www.flyfishingflorida.net and www.snookfin-addict.com
Tim Graham's Charlotte Harbor CAL jig red caught while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Capt. John Hand & Dr. Ben Estes Sarasota fly albie caught while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.
About The Author: Captain Rick Grassett
Company: Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
Area Reporting: Soutwest Florida
Bio: Capt. Rick Grassett, owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc., is a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He has been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter fly fishing guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters in Sarasota. Specializing in fishing with flies and lures on light spinning tackle, Capt. Rick fishes the bays, back country and coastal gulf waters from Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor in his 18’ Action Craft flats boat. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified fly casting instructor. Destination fishing trips are another specialty of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service. Capt. Rick has lead groups of fly anglers to remote fishing locations around the world. Crane Meadow Lodge, MT, Los Roques, Venezuela, Andros Island Bonefish Club and Bonefish Bay Club in the Bahamas are several destinations where he has hosted groups in the past. Capt. Rick is a field editor for Saltwater Angler magazine and a monthly columnist for the Tampa Tribune. He has written articles for The Fisherman magazine and Orvis News. In addition to writing for these publications, he has been featured in articles in Florida Sportsman, Sportfishing, The Fisherman and Fly Fishing in Saltwater magazines. Capt. rick's web site, www.snookfin-addict.com features weekly fishing reports, current photos and and monthly fishing forecasts. He also maintains a second website that is specific to fly fishing and fly casting instruction, www.flyfishingflorida.net.