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Springtime Action Heating Up in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (3/05/2011)
Action continues to improve in Sarasota Bay as water temperatures have warmed to the high 60s. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released big trout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, blues and pompano during the past couple of weeks. The best action was with big gator trout in skinny water.
Action Heating Up in Sarasota Bay & Gasparilla Sound by Rick Grassett (2/23/2011)
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel on jigs and flies during the past couple of weeks. Action improved as water temperatures rose to the mid 60s and then slowed a little towards the end of last week as we approached a full moon.
Sarasota Bay Fishing Picking Up by Terry Frankford (2/10/2011)
The water is warming up a little and the fish are ready to chew. Redfish, sheepshead and seatrout are in the live well.
Trout and Redfish Action Good in Sarasota & Gasparilla Sound by Rick Grassett (2/05/2011)
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout and reds during the past couple of weeks. A couple of fronts moved through during that time frame forcing the cancellation of a couple of days due to winds in the mid 20 mph range. A warming trend followed as sunny afternoons warmed water into the 60s.
Trout and Snook Action Hot in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (1/23/2011)
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released reds, snook and trout during the past couple of weeks.
Trout Action Good in Sarasota & Charlotte Harbor by Rick Grassett (1/09/2011)
Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, reds and flounder on jigs and flies during the past couple of weeks. A strong front with high winds came roaring through Sunday morning, 12/26, dropping water temperatures back into the low 50s and forcing the cancellation of a couple of trips. Cold water kept fish concentrated in channels, creeks and deep edges of flats.
Trout & Reds Best Bet in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (12/25/2010)
A blast of cold air settled in on southwest Florida recently, dropping water temperatures into the low 50s in the morning. However, afternoon water temperatures were close to 60 degrees last week following some sunny afternoons. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, snook, flounder and redfish on flies and jigs on several trips in the last couple of weeks.
Cold Water brings the Sheepshead by Terry Frankford (12/18/2010)
Cold water temps brought the sheepshead in early this year as well as fiesty redfish.
Trout Action Good in Sarasota Bay & Gasparilla Sound by Rick Grassett (12/12/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, blues, flounder and redfish in skinny water along the east side of Sarasota Bay and in Gasparilla Sound on several trips during the past couple of weeks. Several fronts pushed through our area recently plummeting water temperatures into the high 50s and limiting daytime temperatures to 50 and 60s.
Pompano & Flounder come to Sarasota by Terry Frankford (11/29/2010)
Pompano hit live shrimp on the grass flats, and flounder chewed in the Gulf of Mexico
Albie Action Hot in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (11/28/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay with catch and release trout and blues on CAL jigs with a variety of plastic tails and DOA Deadly Combos and little tunny in the coastal gulf on flies during the past couple of weeks. In addition, we also caught scattered Spanish mackerel and pompano in Sarasota Bay.
Fast Action in Sarasota Bay & coastal Gulf of Mexico by Rick Grassett (11/14/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, reds, trout, blues, little tunny, Spanish mackerel and flounder on DOA baits and flies during the past couple of weeks. The best action was in the coastal gulf off Sarasota and on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with a variety of species.
Shark day by Bob Smith (11/04/2010)
It was shark after shark, all kinds, all sizes on light tackle; the largest was a nurse shark over 8 feet.
Albie Action Still Hot in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (10/30/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook fin-Addict, out of CBs 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.
False Albacore Bite Hot in Sarasota! by Rick Grassett (10/17/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released little tunny, Spanish mackerel, snook, trout and reds during the past couple of weeks. The best action was with little tunny in the coastal gulf and near the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Fall Fishing bringing redfish and mackerel by Terry Frankford (10/09/2010)
Cooler waters have produced inshore reds and snook action. Offshore, sharks, king mackerel and spanish mackerel are showing up.
Capt. Rick Grassett's Fishing Report for 9/20 through 10/3/2010 by Rick Grassett (10/03/2010)
Hey! Hey! Hey! Fat Albert! Its the time of year when little tunny, a.k.a. bonito, false albacore, LTs, albies or fat alberts, are beginning their fall inshore blitz. In addition to little tunny, Spanish mackerel are also plentiful in the coastal gulf. 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, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, little tunny and snook during the past couple of weeks.
Good Snook and Trout Action in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (9/19/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, blues and redfish in Sarasota Bay on jigs and flies during the past couple of weeks. Very high tides towards the end of last week, as we approach a full moon on Sept. 23rd, made sight fishing for reds tough.
Snook, Trout and Reds Are Best Bets in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (9/04/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, trout and Spanish mackerel on flies recently.
Whow! Look Out! Big Daddy Barracuda! by Douglas C. Ricciardi (8/31/2010)
Monster Barracuda devours Mackerels, and makes for a great day of fishing
Good Action in Sarasota Bay by Rick Grassett (8/16/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released tarpon, snook, reds, trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel during the past several weeks.
Big Reds on Light Tackle by Terry Frankford (8/09/2010)
Catching 12lb reds on 10lb test line is a blast. Yes, you can't turn them all, however when you do it just doesn't get any better.
Tarpon Action Good in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (7/17/2010)
Fishing continues to be good in the coastal gulf for tarpon and in Sarasota Bay for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more. Fly anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action towards the end of the week of 7/4. Conditions were poor early that week with rain and overcast skies, however they improved to near perfect at the end of the week and tarpon responded favorably.
Summertime Sarasota by Jack Hartman (7/08/2010)
Hot weather and hot fishing in Sarasota Bay, Tarpon still off the beaches
Tarpon Plentiful in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (7/03/2010)
Tarpon continue to be plentiful along Sarasota beaches. Despite tough conditions, anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, jumped and landed several tarpon during the past couple of weeks. Fly anglers also scored on tarpon, snook, trout, blues and jacks.
Big Tarpon / Bay bite in Sarasota by Jack Hartman (6/21/2010)
Tarpon are schooling off Sarasota's beaches and Sarasota Bay has a great Trout bite going on
Tarpon Plentiful in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (6/20/2010)
Tarpon fishing continues to be good along Sarasota beaches. Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action the last couple of weeks along Siesta and Longboat Keys. The DOA Baitbuster has been a hot bait!
Catching big Trout in Sarasota Bay by Terry Frankford (6/12/2010)
Trout for the table, and snook for fantastic light tackle catch & release action
Tarpon and Bay Fishing Hot in Sarasota by Rick Grassett (6/06/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon off Sarasota beaches during the past couple of weeks. We jumped more than 15 fish and fought 4 or 5 to the boat. Anglers scored with live crabs, DOA Baitbusters and baitfish fly patterns along Lido and Longboat Key.
Sarasota Bay Fishing Report for 5/9 through5/23/2010 by Rick Grassett (5/23/2010)
Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and tarpon during the past couple of weeks. After warming up quickly, more than 10 degrees in a week or so, bay fishing slowed. However, tarpon showed up in force along our beaches.
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