Sarasota Bay

Tip of the week 

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.

Seven-day forecast 

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 in Sarasota Bay and snook and bluefish in the ICW near Venice on flies during the past week.

With a negative low tide on Tuesday morning, Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, FL and Mike Perez, from Sarasota, FL, waded a couple of shallow flats in Sarasota Bay with me and Nick caught and released a nice trout on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Anna Maria Island winter resident, Bill Morrison and Sarasota winter resident, Gary Marple, snook fished with me in the ICW near Venice on Wednesday evening. We fished lighted docks and they had some action catching and releasing a snook, bluefish and ladyfish on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Tony Merlis, from NH, and Chris Messick, from DE, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday morning. With an approaching front, winds were above 20-mph by noon. We fished deep grass flats where they managed to catch and release a few ladyfish and trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly and a CAL jig with a shad tail despite the tough conditions.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB's Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow Chartreuse/white 1 or 2 Buy from
Grassett's Flats Minnow olive/white or brown 1/0 Buy from
Grassett's Snook Minnow white 4 Buy from
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