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 and more on deep grass flats and snook, reds and larger trout in skinny water should be good options. Night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies should also be a good option. There may be some action in the coastal gulf with false albacore (little tunny) as the water cools down and baitfish school up along the beaches. Tripletail should also be a good option since stone crab traps are now in the coastal gulf, increasing the amount of available structure for them.

Conditions 

Capt. Rick Grassett's Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 12/5/2016

I was on a road trip to Hopedale, LA to fly fish for reds with several friends during the past week, so I don't have a Sarasota report for that time frame. A full report on that trip can be viewed on the Weekly Report and Destination Fishing Trips pages of my web site. Action was steady on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay during the week of 11/21. Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and blues on flies. Holiday weeks are usually all about family fun and this one was no different.

Alan Ross, from Sarasota, FL and his son Adam Ross, from CA, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. It was their first time fly fishing in saltwater and they did well. They had good action catching and releasing trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines.

Susan Gros, from The Villages, FL, also had some action with trout and blues on flies on Tuesday and Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, GA, got in on the action on Wednesday catching and releasing numerous trout and blues on Ultra Hair Clouser flies .

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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