Sarasota Bay & Coastal Gulf Action Heating Up
<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 trout to 19" and reds to 22" on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos recently. Bill and Sally Wester, from Cincinnati, fished with me and caught and released trout to 19" on DOA Deadly Combos at Stephens Point, the Marina Jack flats and near ICW markers 5 and 7.
Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, fished skinny water with me along the east side of Sarasota Bay from the Ringling flats to Long Bar. He caught and released a pair of reds to 22" and several trout on a MirrOlure Top Dog, Jr. and a CAL jig with a shad tail.
I spent some time in DE visiting family and had a chance to fish Chesapeake Bay one day with my brothers Kirk and Joey Grassett. We fished out of Hooper's Island, MD to get below dirty water and debris in the upper bay coming out of the Susquehanna River. We didn't find any breaking fish but Kirk caught a striper and a blue on a Clouser fly fished on a fast sinking fly line in a deep cut between 2 islands. Very low salinity, due to the recent flooding in that area, probably pushed fish further down the bay.
Back in Sarasota, tides will improve towards the end of next week as we head towards a new moon. We'll have very high tides in the morning, so look for reds along mangrove shorelines or the top of bars. There are already reports of albies (little tunny) and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf so that should also be a good option.
Capt. Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
www.flyfishingflorida.net and www.snookfin-addict.com
Keith McClintock's Sarasota Bay CAL jig redfish caught and released 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.