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 fishing in the coastal gulf should continue to be strong as long as conditions remain good. Catch and release sight fishing for snook in the surf with flies or DOA Lures should also be a good option. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues or pompano 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.

Conditions 

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had very good action, jumping and catching and releasing tarpon on live baits and DOA Baitbusters on spinning tackle in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past week. A fly angler also had good action getting lots of shots at tarpon later in the week.

Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, FL and his dad Dennis Ondercin, from OH, tarpon fished in the coastal gulf with me Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and picked up where they left off with the banner day that they had last Friday. The pattern of not seeing many tarpon schools and just an occasional single here or there continued.

However tarpon were there in numbers and they had great action jumping 10 tarpon and catching and releasing 5 of them. Two of the tarpon were jumped with DOA Baitbusters and the others by drifting live crabs and baitfish. Dennis caught and released his personal best tarpon, which taped out at a 38" girth X 72" length for an estimated weight of 145-lbs!

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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