Sarasota Bay

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Intermediate sink tip fly lines are my choice for fishing the deeper coastal gulf waters.Use floating lines for tarpon, reds, snook and trout in skinny 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 action in the coastal gulf should improve when the west wind pattern ends and we switch back to a normal weather pattern of east in the morning and an afternoon sea breeze. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel or blues on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Also look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Catch and release snook fishing around docks and bridges close to passes or sight fishing for snook in the surf with my Grassett Snook Minnow fly should also be a good option.

Conditions 

Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had a few shots at tarpon and one hookup on my Grassett Tarpon Bunny fly on a couple of trips during the past week.

Tarpon weren't plentiful, but in a good mood. Fly anglesr had only a few shots at tarpon each day and one hookup. We've been in a west wind pattern for more than a week, causing rough water and often poor visibility due to storm clouds, making conditions tough for tarpon fishing.

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 black/purple or blac 2/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Lefty's Deceiver black/purple or blac 2/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Grassett's Snook Minnow white 4 Buy from Orvis.com
Grassett's Flats Minnow olive 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Captain Rick Grassett
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