Sarasota Bay

Tip of the week 

Intermediate sink tip fly lines are my choice for fishing the coastal gulf waters.Use floating lines for reds 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 

You may find trout, blues, pompano or flounder on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars.


Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout in Sarasota Bay and in the Terra Ceia area on fliesduring the past week.

Dave Reinhart, from VA and Dan Reinhart, from PA, fished the Terra Ceia area with me on Sunday.We worked on fly casting techniques in the afternoon and they caught and released several trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.

Anglers fishing with me on several other trips during the past week worked deep grass flats on both sides of Sarasota Bay using Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines where they caught and released trout to 18".

I was one of the instructors at Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers (MCFF) casting clinic at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota on Saturday. More than 30 students participated in the clinic that focused on correcting problems or improving fly casting skills. A great benefit provided by MCFF!

There are still some spots available in CB's Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School next Saturday, Mar 28th. I will be the instructor for the school which will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. Leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques will also be covered. Cost for the school, which will run from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, is $150 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, a text book and lunch. Contact CB's Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or to make reservations.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow Chartreuse/white 1 or 2 Buy from
Grassett's Flats Minnow olive/white or brown 1/0 Buy from
Grassett's Snook Minnow white 4 Buy from
Captain Rick Grassett

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