Good Action with Trout, Reds and Snook in Sarasota
<p>Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released silver and spotted sea trout, snook and reds on flies and jigs during the past couple of weeks. Although silver trout are often found in deeper areas along beaches and in dredge holes or channels in bays, we have been catching them consistently at the Marina Jack flat, which is a deep grass flat close to Big Pass.
Anglers fishing the Marina Jack and Middleground flats and various deep grass flats along the west side of the bay caught and released silver trout to 15"and spotted sea trout to 19" on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines during the week of 4/2. I spent some time in shallow water hunting for reds and big trout. It paid off when Joe McGurrin, from Stevensville, MD, and Stan Ross, from Virginia Beach, VA, fished with me on Monday, 4/2. They caught and released 3 reds to 24" on weedless rigged CAL shad tails near Bishop Point. They also caught and released about a dozen trout on CAL jigs with shad tails in deeper water.
We had steady action with trout on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos on various deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay on Monday, 4/9, when Caitlin, her dad and her grandfather, Paul, from NY, fished with me. Caitlin caught and released the largest trout of the day, a 23" fish, out of a pothole in skinny water on a weedless rigged CAL shad tail.
Anna Maria Island and Sarasota winter residents, Bill Morrison and Gary Marple, fished the ICW near Venice with me on Tuesday evening, 4/10. They caught and released 5 or 6 snook and 8 or 10 trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.
Bruce Kulp and his wife Ronna Romney, from Longboat Key, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday, 4/11. They caught and released trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos at the Marina Jack flat and near Bishop Point. They also caught a pair of slot size trout and a red in shallow water on weedless rigged CAL shad tails near Bishop Point. A trip in the Terra Ceia Bay area on Friday, 4/13 produced trout on CAL jigs with jerk worms and flies.
Reds and trout may be found along shallow edges of flats and bars or in potholes when the tide is low or along mangrove shorelines when the tide is high. Look for trout over deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. You may also find flounder in areas where grass and sand are mixed.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
www.flyfishingflorida.net and www.snookfin-addict.com
Joe McGurrin's Sarasota Bay CAL shad redfish caught and released with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Caitlin and grandfather, Paul, with Caitlin's 23
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.