Sarasota Bay

Tip of the week 

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 

Fishing can be very good this time of year, if you fish smart. Tarpon are moving to inside waters, where you may find them around lighted docks and bridges or on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay and upper Charlotte Harbor. Catch and release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges close to passes with flies or DOA Lures should continue to be a good option. You may also find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and jacks 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 snook, tarpon, trout and ladyish on flies in Sarasota during the past week.

Fly angler Bob Delano, from Savannah, GA, fished a predawn snook/flats trip in Sarasota Bay with me on Friday morning. He caught and released several snook, a tarpon and jumped a couple of other tarpon on flies. An experienced fly angler and fly tier, Bob tied up some glass minnow fly creations of his own which worked very well for the snook and tarpon.

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
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Grassett's Snook Minnow white 4 Buy from
Grassett's Flats Minnow olive 2 Buy from
Captain Rick Grassett

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