Sarasota Bay

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Use floating lines for tarpon, reds, snook and trout in shallow 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 be good next week, depending on conditions. Fish that headed offshore to spawn on this weekend's "blue moon", the 2nd full moon in the same calendar month or 4th in a season, should return to the beach as singles, doubles and smaller schools giving fly anglers good opportunities.

Snook season is closed now on the west coast of Florida, but catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW or in the surf with flies should also be good. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools or cruising shallow flats and edges of bars in backcountry areas of Charlotte Harbor and lower Tampa Bay. Trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Conditions 

Capt. Rick Grassett's Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 5/21/2016

Fly anglers had some shots at tarpon on a trip early this week. Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be good next week, depending on conditions. Fish that headed offshore to spawn on this weekend's "blue moon", the 2nd full moon in the same calendar month or 4th in a season, should return to the beach as singles, doubles and smaller schools giving fly anglers good opportunities.

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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