Sarasota Bay

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Use floating lines for tarpon, reds, snook and trout in shallow water and intermediate sink tip fly lines and weighted flies to fish deep grass flats for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, flounder and pompano. Fish the ICW at night for snook with intermediate sink tip fly lines and Grassett Snook Minnow flies or Shrimp Gurglers on a floating line.

Seven-day forecast 

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be good next week depending on conditions, as we head towards a full moon on Monday. Trout, bluefish and more should also be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Snook season is closed now on the west coast of Florida, but catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies should be another good option.

Conditions 

Capt. Rick Grassett's Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 6/18/2016

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota, jumping a couple of fish on a trip early in the week. A fly angler fishing with me also had some action catching and releasing trout on a couple of trips later in the week in Sarasota Bay.

Hal Lutz, from Parrish, FL and Andrea Lutz, from Atlanta, GA, tarpon fished a couple of days with me early in the week and had numerous shots at tarpon with spin and fly tackle. They had 3 eats and jumped 2 tarpon, fighting both fish through numerous jumps before one jumped off and the other chewed through 80-lb leader. One fish ate a crab that Hal cast at a passing school and the other fish was hooked on a pinfish.

Clark Keator, from Orlando, FL, fished a couple of days with me at the end of the week. The plan was to tarpon fish but a front pushed through at the end of the week and the wind turned west making the coastal gulf rough. We opted to fish deep grass flats on the west side of Sarasota Bay where he caught and released trout on Ultra Hair Clouser and my Grassett Snook Minnow flies.

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

Must Have Flies 
Grassett's Deep Flats Bunny chartreuse/tan 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Lefty's Deceiver black/purple or blac 2/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Grassett's Snook Minnow white 2 & 4 Buy from Orvis.com
Grassett's Flats Minnow olive 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Captain Rick Grassett
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