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 

Catch and release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges close to passes with my Grassett Snook Minnow fly should be a good option next week. You may also find trout, Spanish mackerel or blues 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. There should still be some tarpon action in the coastal gulf when the west wind pattern ends and we switch back to a normal weather pattern of east wind in the morning and an afternoon sea breeze.


A persistent west wind and a reverse weather pattern of morning thunderstorms that go along with it, caused me to cancel or reschedule a couple of tarpon trips and a bay trip during the past week.

This is a great time of year to fish very early in the day before heat becomes an issue. I often start before dawn fishing lighted docks for catch and release snook, tarpon, reds, trout and more. After daylight, a move to the flats puts you in the right place at the coolest time of day. I'll usually fish until mid to late morning when water temperatures rise and begin to negatively affect shallow water fishing.

There may also be some action late in the day with reds that may tail on shallow flats or gather in potholes or edges of flats and bars on extreme low tides surrounding full and new moon phases. This may be more likely if rain has cooled the water and overcast conditions also help to keep water temperatures down. However in a normal weather pattern, thunderstorms are more likely late in the day, so watch out for lightning.

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

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