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Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported
on the Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 7/28/2018
Anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, trout and a juvenile tarpon on dock lights before daylight and trout to 4-1/2 lbs, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and a cobia on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay on flies, DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails.
Jerry Poslusny and Bill Nesbitt, both from Rochester, NY, fished several days with me during the week of 7/16. We had multiple shots at tarpon with a fly before the blow on Monday, 7/16 but on Tuesday, 7/17 we saw very few tarpon. The wind turned west on Wednesday, 7/18 and the coastal gulf was unfishable for tarpon. We fished Sarasota Bay where they had good action with trout and a cobia on Ultra Hair Clouser flies, DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails.
My brother, Kirk Grassett from Middletown, DE, fished with me later that week. With the wind still in a westerly pattern, we fished dock lights before dawn and had good action with snook, trout to 20” and a 10-lb juvenile tarpon on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We also worked deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay after dawn and had good action with trout to 4-1/2 lbs, bluefish and a Spanish mackerel on Ultra Hair Clouser flies and DOA Deadly Combos.
John and DJ, from NY, fished several days with me during the week of 7/23. Our plan was to fly fish for tarpon in the coastal gulf all week, but with the wind still in a westerly pattern the coastal gulf was unfishable for tarpon most of the time. Instead we fished dock lights in the evening and before dawn and had good action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.
There should still be some tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf when conditions improve. There may be fewer fish but late season tarpon have already spawned and are more aggressive. There should also be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!
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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