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.
Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Afternoons may fish better than mornings when water is cool. Catch and release night snook fishing may also be a good option depending on conditions
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, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and snook in the ICW near Venice flies during the past week.
Marshall Dinerman and his son-in-law, Alex Medeiros, from Atlanta, GA, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Sunday. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay and they caught and released Spanish mackerel, bluefish and trout on flies and lures.
Dean Fields, from Indianapolis, IN, snook fished with me in the ICW near Venice on Tuesday evening. We fished lighted docks and he caught and released a few snook and a trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.
Marshall Dinerman and his son Michael, from Atlanta, GA, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. They had some action with trout, including one that was more than 3-pounds, on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly on deep grass flats on both sides of the bay. Martin Marlowe, from NY, snook fished with me on Wednesday evening in the ICW near Venice and caught and released 8 or 10 snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.
I was the instructor for a CB's Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. The next class will be on Feb 21st. Cost 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 email@example.com to make reservations.
Capt. Rick Grassett
IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB's Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year