Sarasota Bay

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Use floating lines for reds, snook and trout in shallow water and intermediate sink tip fly lines and weighted flies to fish deep grass flats for trout, blues and more. 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 should become more plentiful next week as we head towards a new moon. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf when conditions are good. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies also continues to be a good option.

Conditions 

Capt. Rick Grassett's Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 6/18/2017

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had decent action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past week. I didn't have any fly fishing trips. However, spin fishing anglers jumped 6 tarpon, catching and releasing 3 of them on live crabs. Reports from several other fly anglers were that there were a few eats and a couple of jumped fish.

Tarpon should become more plentiful next week as we head towards a new moon. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf when conditions are good. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures also continues to be a good option.

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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