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Fly Fishing the Sarasota Bay in Florida

Sarasota Bay summary

Sarasota Bay is a fly fishing location in Florida.
                   

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Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 4/15/2017 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught trout, bluefish and flounder in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad during the past week. Ed Nordgren and Bob Mozurkewich, both from Ft. Myers, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. We fished skinny water where they caught a couple of nice flounder and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria Island and Gary Marple, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. It was their last trip of the spring before heading back north and they had some action with trout to 18” on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Mark Wayde and Steve Dornbos, both from MI, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. They had good action catching and releasing trout to 21” and bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on intermediate sink tip fly lines. They finished strong as the action got fast at the top of the tide with some quality trout. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should also be good options on deep grass flats and passes of Sarasota Bay. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with snook and reds when conditions are good. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures 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 Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. , and (941) 923-7799 (04/15/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 3/13 through 3/25/2017 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms during the past couple of weeks. Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria Island and Gary Marple, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday, 3/20. We worked deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they had action catching and releasing trout and Spanish mackerel on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Joey Grassett and Chris Johnson, both from Seaford, DE, fished the same area with me a couple of days later in the week and caught and released trout and bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails. Capt. Ed Hurst and I were the instructors for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday, 3-25. Students received instruction in fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. We also covered leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. The last school of the spring season will be on Saturday, April 8. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to sign up or for more info. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should be good options on deep grass flats and passes of Sarasota Bay. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with snook and reds when conditions are good. Look for action in the coastal gulf to take off with king and Spanish mackerel, cobia and tripletail. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures 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 Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. , and (941) 923-7799 (03/27/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 12/18 through 12/31/2016 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on flies, DOA Lures and top water plugs during the past couple of weeks. As in recent weeks, the best action was on deep grass flats in about 6’ of water. Anna Maria Island winter resident, Bill Morrison and Sarasota winter resident, Gary Marple, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday, 12/19. We worked deep grass flats on the west side of the bay where they had good action with trout, bluefish, a nice Spanish mackerel and a pompano to end the day on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Alan Sugar, Ned Winkelman and his grandson Sam, from MI, also had some action catching and releasing a couple of blues and some trout on CAL jigs with shad tails in the same areas on Tuesday, 12/20. Fly angler Brad Teller, from Boston, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday, 12/22. He had good action catching and releasing trout, bluefish and big ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Jerry Roth, from Longwood, FL, fished shallow water in Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 12/23. We caught and released a few trout and jacks, including a couple of over slot trout on a CAL jig with a shad tail and a surface walking top water plug. Chris Walsh and his son Matt, from NY, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday, 12/26. We worked deep grass flats on the west side of the bay where they had good action with trout and bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Lane Thurgood, from VA, and daughters Bella, Beatrice, Bianca and Bronte fished the same areas with me on Tuesday, 12/27. We split the trip in half, switching the girls out so they all had a chance to fish with their dad. They also had good action catching and releasing several blues and numerous trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Bill Anderson and sons, Sam and Simon, from Columbus, OH, fished with me on Wednesday, 12/28. They had good action with blues, trout and a nice Spanish mackerel on Ultra Hair Clouser flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and his son Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, fished with me on Thursday, 12/29. They also had good action with some very nice trout and a 4-lb bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and pompano on deep grass flats should remain to be a good option. Catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies and DOA Lures should also provide good action. There may be some action in the coastal gulf with false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail depending on sea conditions. I would like to thank all of my clients who fished with me during 2016. Many have become good friends over the years and I’ve fished with multiple generations of their families. Happy New Year! 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 Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. , and (941) 923-7799 (12/31/16)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL & Hopedale, LA Fishing Report for 11/21 through 12/4/2016 Action was steady on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay during the past couple of weeks. Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and blues on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. Holiday weeks are usually all about family fun and Thanksgiving week was no different. Alan Ross, from Sarasota, FL and his son Adam Ross, from CA, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday, 11/21. It was their first time fly fishing in saltwater and they did well. They had good action catching and releasing trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines. Susan Gros, from The Villages, FL, also had some action with trout and blues on flies on Tuesday, 11/22 and Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, GA, got in on the action on Wednesday, 11/23 catching and releasing numerous trout and blues on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. On Friday and Saturday, 11/25 & 26, grandfathers and grandsons got in on the fun. Phil Rever and grandsons Max and Wesley, all from MD, fished with me on Friday and Bill Misischia, from University Park, FL and grandson Patrick Walsh, from IN, fished with me on Saturday. They all had good action with trout and blues in Sarasota Bay on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos. I was on a road trip to Hopedale, LA to fly fish for reds with several friends during the past week, so I don’t have a Sarasota report for that time frame. We fished Thursday through Saturday with Capts. Al Keller, Travis Huckeba and Cody Cash Moody. Despite challenging conditions, there were several big reds and a big black drum caught and released on flies. The flies we used were heavily weighted with a large profile, 4” to 5” long. There were also several reds in the 20-lb class and numerous trout caught and released on jigs fished under a clacker float with spinning tackle. Back in Sarasota, trout, blues and more on deep grass flats and snook, reds and larger trout in skinny water should be good options. Catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. There may be some action in the coastal gulf with false albacore (little tunny) as the water cools down and baitfish school up along the beaches. Tripletail should also be a good option depending on conditions. 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 Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. , and (941) 923-7799 (12/06/16)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 11/5 through 11/20/2016 I hosted a group of friends and clients at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas during the week of 11/5, so I don’t have a Sarasota report for that week. We had a couple of very windy days, which can happen in the tropics, but we had sunny conditions most days. The weather and tides improved to near perfect conditions as the week went by. We had great action with bonefish with some 4 and 5-lb fish in the mix. Larger bonefish were in the 6 to 7-pound class and a couple of anglers caught and released bonefish of 9 and 10-lbs respectively. Top producing flies during the week were Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Greg’s Flats Fly and Gotchas. It was a great trip to a great lodge! You can see a full report of this trip on the Destination Trips page of my web site at, /destination-fishing-trips/ . Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me during the past week, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, trout, redfish and blues on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Action was steady on deep grass flats on the east side of the bay. Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, FL, waded a Sarasota Bay shallow flat with me on Monday and we caught and released trout on an EP style fly. Tom Lamb, from Geneva, Switzerland and Roy Glah, from Sarasota, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday afternoon. They caught and released trout and blues on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Shrimp and DOA Deadly Combos. Anna Maria Island and Sarasota winter residents, Bill Morrison and Gary Marple had good action with trout and blues on Ultra Hair Clouser flies while fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. We also spent some time in the coastal gulf and found a few false albacore working off Lido Key. Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday afternoon. We fished skinny water and he had good action catching and releasing trout, jacks, redfish and a couple of snook to complete his slam on CAL jigs with shad tails and weedless-rigged CAL shad tails. When you fish hard it often pays off! Capt. Ed Hurst and I were the instructors for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly fishing School on Saturday. Students received instruction in fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. Students also learned leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to make reservations for the next school. Snook, reds and trout in skinny water and trout, blues and more on deep grass flats should be good options. Night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. There may be some action in the coastal gulf with false albacore (little tunny) as the water cools down and baitfish school up along the beaches. Tripletail should also show up since stone crab traps are now in the coastal gulf, increasing the amount of available structure for them. 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 Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. , and (941) 923-7799 (11/20/16)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 10/24 through 11/5/2016 Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay, the ICW near Venice and Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me during the past couple of weeks, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released reds, snook, trout, blues and pompano on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Shallow water fishing for snook, trout and reds and trout and blues on deep grass flats is improving as the water cools down. John and Deb Lamanna, from Bradenton, FL, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a night snook trip in the ICW near Venice on Tuesday evening, 10/25 with me. They had good action catching and releasing a few snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Congratulations! Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, FL, fished the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers/CCA “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge”, a catch, photo and release fly fishing only tournament for snook, reds, trout and more, with me on Saturday, 10/29. We had decent action catching and releasing snook on flies before daylight in Sarasota Bay. We waded a shallow flat after dawn where Lynn caught and released a couple of over slot trout, including a 3 and a 4-pound fish, on an EP style fly. Conditions were tough, with wind gusting above 20-mph by early afternoon. We hit a trout spot on the way in and caught and released a few more trout and Lynn narrowly missed winning the Trout category of the Open division. A good day! Congratulations to MCFF members Mick Coulas, from Venice, who won the Fly Angler division with 281.25 points, Capt. Chris Hargiss, from Sarasota, was the Open division winner with a 64.5”slam (snook, red and trout) and Brian Boehn, from Sarasota, won 2nd place with a 49.75” slam. A huge thank you to donors Orvis, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Economy Tackle, Andy Thornal Company, Chouinard Outdoors/Simms & Umpqua, Fishing Bandit, The Compound, West Wall, New Pass Grill and Bait, Doug Forde, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) and all the tournament anglers. Full results and info on next year’s tournament are at . Greg Rogers, from Tampa, FL, fished deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on Monday, 10/31. Action wasn’t fast, but he had steady action with trout, ladyfish and a bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Tim Graham, from Nokomis, FL and Pat Redmond, from Sarasota, FL, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Tuesday, 11/1. They caught and released numerous snook, trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Action was good with snook in shallow water. Joe Koss, from NY, fished deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday, 11/2. He had a great day catching and releasing numerous trout, a bluefish and a pompano on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. We spent some time in skinny water where he caught and released snook and a nice red on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly to complete his slam. Great job! Anna Maria Island and Sarasota winter residents, Bill Morrison and Gary Marple had good action with trout and blues on Ultra Hair Clouser flies while fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. 11/3. With a good tide and an approaching front, fish turned on. Snook, reds and trout in skinny water and trout, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats should be good options. Night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. I look for action in the coastal gulf with false albacore (little tunny) and Spanish mackerel to take off as the water cools down and baitfish school up along the beaches. Tripletail should also show up since stone crab traps are now in the coastal gulf, increasing the amount of available structure for them. 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 Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. , and (941) 923-7799 (11/04/16)
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