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 

Trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools or cruising shallow flats and edges of bars in backcountry areas of Charlotte Harbor and lower Tampa Bay. Snook season closes today on the west coast of Florida, but catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW or in the surf with flies should also be a good option.

Conditions 

Tarpon time! Although it's still early in the season, tarpon numbers are increasing as resident fish move out of rivers and creeks and migratory fish start showing up. Early in the season, it can be inconsistent with more fish some days than others. However, tarpon should become more plentiful in the coastal gulf as water temperatures continue to rise and we approach a new moon next week.

Trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools or cruising shallow flats and edges of bars in backcountry areas of Charlotte Harbor and lower Tampa Bay. Snook season closes today on the west coast of Florida, but catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW or in the surf with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option.

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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