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Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 12/17/2017 through 1/1/2018
Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, blues, pompano and a cobia on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and tripletail in the coastal gulf on flies during the past couple of weeks. Hefty bluefish provided great action for fly and spin fishing anglers!
With plenty of sun and calm seas, fly anglers had good action sight fishing tripletail in the coastal gulf on Monday, 12/18, catching and releasing several. Although false albacore moved on after the last front, tripletail action has remained good and some larger fish have moved into the area.
Kevin Smith, from West Chester, PA, had good action fly fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday, 12/20. He caught and released numerous trout and a pompano on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
Alan Sugar, from MI, got in on the action with trout in Sarasota Bay on Ultra Hair Clouser flies with me on Thursday, 12/21. We started the trip off with a bang, catching and releasing a 34” cobia on a CAL jig with a shad tail on the first cast of the day! Adam Theiler, from London, also had some action in Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 12/22, catching and releasing trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on a 6-wt rod.
Alan Sugar and Ray Hutchinson, both from MI, had good action fly fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday, 12/26. They caught and released trout and several nice bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
Indy Kimura and Mireya Castillo, both from Salt Lake City, UT also had some action on their first saltwater fly fishing trip in Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday, 12/28. They had good action catching and releasing numerous trout and several big blues on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, Victor Feldman, from Champagne, IL and Steve McClintock, from Pittsburgh, PA fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 12/29. We fished skinny water in the morning and they caught a couple of nice trout and a 5-1/2-pound pompano on CAL jigs with shad tails. We fished deep grass flats in the afternoon where they had good action with blues, also on CAL jigs with shad tails.
Barry Slee and Maria Horvat, both from Lake Forest, IL, fished deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on Saturday, 12/30. They had good action catching numerous blues and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.
There should be good action with trout, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Shallow water action for larger trout and reds is improving due to cooler water. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for catch and release snook with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option after the weather stabilizes following today’s front. I would like to thank the many long time, repeat clients that fished with me during 2017 and wish a happy 2018 to all.
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI 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.
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