Good Tarpon Action in Sarasota Despite Tough Conditions

2017-06-24 14:26:24
Sarasota, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Coastal Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota, FL
Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past couple of weeks. However weather was again a factor during the week of June 19. The coastal gulf was rough most of that week as Tropical Storm Cindy passed to our west, causing 4'-6' seas and dirty water in the gulf limiting our fishing to only a couple of days that week.

Barry Slee, from IL, and a friend fished several days with me early in the week of June 12th. They had action every day, jumping a total of 5 tarpon with a couple of other eats, catching and releasing 2 of them.

Denis Clohisy, from WI, and Jim Dempsey from IL, fished several days with me at the end of that week. The action slowed for a couple of days, as tarpon didn't show very well or eat very well for us. I fished a different area on Saturday and they finished strong, catching and releasing one on a live crab.

Despite a big swell and dirty water, fly anglers had a few shots on Monday 6/19, but conditions deteriorated quickly and we were forced off the water early due to a severe thunderstorm. The next 3 days were unfishable for tarpon in the coastal gulf as Tropical Storm Cindy passed by, roughing up the water.

Clark Keator, from Orlando and his son-in-law, Nick DePinto from Dallas, fished the coastal gulf with me on Friday, 6/23. Conditions still weren't great, but it was fishable and fortunately the tarpon were there. Sometimes several days of rough water will push tarpon out of their normal patterns, but that wasn't the case. They jumped 2 tarpon and Nick caught and released his first tarpon on a live crab!

Tarpon fishing should improve next week as sea conditions return to normal. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures continues to be a good option. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett

IFFF 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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Fish Species: tarpon
Bait Used: live bait and flies
Tackle Used: fly & spin
Method Used: fly fishing & spin casting lures and live baits
Water Depth: 4'-20'
Water Temperature: 87
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Barry Slee, from IL, jumped and landed this tarpon on a live crab while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Barry Slee, from IL, jumped and landed this tarpon on a live crab while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Capt. Rick Grassett lands a tarpon caught and released by Jum Dempsey, from IL, while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota.
Capt. Rick Grassett lands a tarpon caught and released by Jum Dempsey, from IL, while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota.

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 CBs 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.

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