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.
You should find trout, blues, mangrove snapper and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for bait schools, diving birds or breaking fish to find them. You may find reds schooling on edges of bars or shallow grass flats when the tide is low. Snook fishing should also be good around lighted docks and bridges at night or on shallow flats early in the day.
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 catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay during the past week.
It was breezy on Friday as a tropical system moved across south Florida when Greg Stepanski, from Tampa, FL and Tom Frankfurth, from Terra Verde, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout to 18" on a fly popper/dropper combo. I put a small, lightly weighted fly about 3' behind the fly popper. Works well!