Sarasota Bay

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Use floating lines for reds, snook and trout in shallow water and intermediate sink tip fly lines and weighted flies to fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more. 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, blues, Spanish mackerel and more should continue to be a good option on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies should also be good. Also look for snook in shallow water along with larger trout and reds when conditions are good. There may be some action in the coastal gulf with false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail depending on sea conditions.

Conditions 

Capt. Rick Grassett's Sarasota & Gasparilla Sound, FL Fishing Report for 1/15/2017

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout in Sarasota Bay and snook and blues in the ICW south of Sarasota on fliesduring the past week. The best action was catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night.

Martin Marlowe, from NY and Tim Hearon, from Siesta Key, FL, had a great trip with me in the ICW south of Sarasota on Wednesday evening. With a strong incoming tide, snook gorged themselves on glass minnows and my Grassett Snook Minnow fly, which imitates a glass minnow. They had nonstop action catching and releasing snook to 29", blues to 4-lbs and jacks. Dean Fields, from IN, fished the same area with me on Thursday night also had great trip catching and releasing numerous snook and blues on the same fly. Tony Merlis, from NH, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. We worked deep grass flats on the west side of the bay where he had some action catching and releasing trout to 18" on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly.

I was the instructor for a CB's Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. Students received instruction in fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. We also covered leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. Contact CB's Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations for the next school on Feb 25th.

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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