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Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett)

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A fly fishing guide, instructor and host of destination fly fishing trips since 1990
State: Florida.
City: Sarasota
                   

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Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the West Central, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 7/14/2018 Fly anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota. We had multiple shots at tarpon and several hookups. My friend Steve Gibson, of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing, had a good day with me on Monday with multiple shots, jumping 3 tarpon and battling one to close to the boat. Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, also fly fished for tarpon several days later in the week with me. He also had good action, jumping several tarpon. Action was good but slowed following the new moon. Tarpon fishing should be good in the coastal gulf. Late season tarpon have usually 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. Walking the beach and sight fishing snook in the surf can also be good this time of year. Our natural resources are under constant pressure, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit! Tight Lines, 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. , and (941) 923-7799 (07/14/18)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 6/30/2018 Anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing tarpon on live crabs in the coastal gulf in Sarasota and trout on DOA Lures in Sarasota Bay. Denis Clohisy, from WI, and Jim Dempsey. From IL, tarpon fished a couple of days with me during the past week. They had good action jumping several tarpon and catching and releasing two on live crabs. The wind shifted west on our last day and tarpon in the gulf wasn’t an option. We fished deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with CAL jigs and jerk worms or shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos where they had good action catching and releasing trout. Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is very dependent on conditions, so when conditions are good we should have some opportunities. There should also be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. 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! Tight Lines, 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. , and (941) 923-7799 (06/30/18)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 6/10/2018 Anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing trout and a red on CAL jigs with jerk worms and shad tails. Another angler caught and released a blacktip shark on a threadfin while fishing the coastal gulf with me. Several days of tarpon fishing were either canceled or rescheduled due west winds causing rough and dirty water. However, Hal Lutz from Parrish, FL, was able to get out for tarpon in the coastal gulf a couple of days with me. Hal hooked up on a fly one day and Jeff Stressing, also from Parrish, caught and released a blacktip shark on a threadfin on another trip. Longtime clients Scott Heidler, from OH and Scottie Heidler, from Miami, fished a day with me last week. We were scheduled to tarpon fish, but conditions wouldn’t allow it so we fished Sarasota Bay instead. They had some action catching and releasing trout on deep grass flats and a red in shallow water on CAL jigs with jerk worms and shad tails. Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf is very dependent on conditions, so when conditions are good we should have some opportunities. There should also be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. 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! Tight Lines, 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. , and (941) 923-7799 (06/10/18)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the West Central, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fly Fishing Forecast for June 2018 Tarpon should be plentiful in the coastal gulf this month as big schools of fish migrate along our beaches. Also look for cobia, tripletail and false albacore (little tunny) in the coastal gulf. Catch and release snook fishing should also be good in and around passes and in the surf. Fishing for trout and more should also be good on deep grass flats. May was a tough month for tarpon in the coastal gulf for me this season, either conditions were poor (rough and dirty water, rain and clouds) or when conditions were good, fish weren’t happy (deep and fast moving). Fly fishing for tarpon is very dependent on conditions and there are a lot of variables that need to come together to be successful. However, tarpon fishing should be good during June as schools of fish increase in size and numbers. They will head off shore to spawn, close to new and full moons. I’ve done well with Lefty’s Deceiver and my Grassett Flats Bunny fly patterns fished on floating or intermediate sink tip fly lines. Stake out or anchor in travel lanes to get shots at them. Tarpon are creatures of habit and will travel on the same edges and depth contours. The shallower the water, the easier it is to get you fly in front of a tarpon when fly fishing. Since fish may be moving both north and south, setting up within 200 to 300-yds of another angler may negatively affect their fishing. Snook season remains closed this month, so also use tackle heavy enough to catch and release them quickly. You should find them in the surf, in passes and around docks and bridges in the ICW near passes. You can walk the beach and sight fish them in the surf with fly tackle. Small baitfish fly patterns, like my Grassett Snook Minnow, should work well. The same flies that work in the surf will also work well at night. Snook will congregate in passes around the new and full moons to spawn, so docks and bridges close to passes will usually hold more fish this time of year. Fishing for reds should also be good in June. Look for them over shallow grass, along mangrove shorelines or around oyster bars when the tide is high. You’ll find them in potholes or edges of flats when the tide is low. Fly anglers should score with baitfish fly patterns like my Grassett Flats Minnow or Gurglers. You’ll also find big trout in the same areas where you find reds in shallow water. You can use the same flies to catch them although first light in the morning will be prime time to catch a “gator”. You’ll also find trout schooling on deep grass flats along with the occasional Spanish mackerel, bluefish or pompano this month. I like to drift and cast ahead of my drift with Ultra Hair Clouser flies tied on long shank hooks on an intermediate sink tip fly line. You’ll need to add a few inches of heavy (50 or 60-pound) fluorocarbon when toothy fish are in the mix. Look for deep grass flats with a mix of grass and sand and a good tidal flow for the best action. In addition to tarpon look for Spanish mackerel, false albacore, cobia and tripletail in the coastal gulf this month. Although none of them may be thick, I’ve encountered all of them before in June. Keep your eyes open for bird activity or “breaking” fish to find albies and mackerel. Cobia and tripletail may be found around crab trap floats; however I’ve seen cobia swimming with tarpon schools before. An 8 or 9-weight fly rod with a floating or clear sink tip fly line is adequate to catch everything except a big cobia, in which case your 12-weight tarpon fly tackle will work well. There are lots of options in inshore waters or the coastal gulf this month. If pulling on a 100-pound tarpon isn’t for you, fishing pressure is usually light inshore this month so reds, snook, trout and more will also be good options. Whatever you choose to do, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit! Tight Lines, 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. and (941) 923-7799 (06/04/18)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the West Central, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 5/13/2018 Tarpon numbers are increasing as migratory fish arrive along our beaches. Look for tarpon schools to be moving both north and south along our beaches, especially early in the season. Set up in their line of travel and wait for tarpon schools to move past and cast a live crab or pinfish or a DOA Baitbuster to them. Once you’ve seen the first school of fish, you can concentrate your efforts in that “lane” since other schools may be following the same route. When they aren’t showing well on the surface, a live bait under a float in their travel lane may score. I’ve also done well blind casting a DOA Baitbuster or Swimming Mullet, if you’re in the right spot, when there wasn’t much showing on the surface. Even in deep water (10’-25’), be quiet and use your electric trolling motor sparingly. Even though your 4-stroke outboard sounds quiet, it is no substitute for an electric trolling motor. Fly anglers should do well with a variety of baitfish or crab fly patterns fished on floating or intermediate sink tip fly lines. Staking out or anchoring in shallow water on their travel route should result in some shots at fish. The best angle is a “head on” shot, followed by a quartering shot. A perpendicular shot may work if it’s timed perfectly, although casting too far beyond their line of travel will usually spook them. I use a push pole in shallow water if I need to adjust my position to make a cast. Give other tarpon anglers a minimum of 300-yards of space in any direction, since fish may be moving north or south. If you set up any closer than that, you may be deflecting fish that are headed towards other anglers. Also, be respectful of other anglers by not running your outboard close to them. Once tarpon are pressured or spooked, they are tougher for everyone to catch. There should also be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. 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! Tight Lines, 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. , and (941) 923-7799 (05/13/18)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 4/16 through 4/29/2018 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action during the past couple of weeks in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing trout to 24”, Spanish mackerel and blues on flies and CAL jigs with jerk worms. The best action was on deep grass flats with clear, intermediate sink tip fly lines and CAL jigs on spinning tackle. Dylan Lewis and Matt Schenk, both from CO, had great action catching and releasing trout and Spanish mackerel on Clouser flies on a trip with me in Sarasota Bay on Tuesday, 4/17. Steve and Doug Sutter, from Sarasota, also had good action with trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with jerk worms while fishing Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 4/20. Capt. Kevin Wessel and I were the instructors for an IWFA (International Women’s Fishing Association) fly casting clinic on Saturday, 4/21. Sponsors included CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Orvis, Simms and Denise Freihofer. Students received fly casting instruction and sharpened their fly casting skills before hitting the water in Boca Grande for a “funament”. Fly anglers Peter and Nini Seaman, from CA, fished both shallow and deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me on Monday, 4/23. They had some action in deeper water catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel and blues on Clouser flies. My wife, Karen Grassett and Mark Nichols, owner of DOA Fishing Lures, fished the 23rd annual Sarasota CCA “All Release Challenge” fishing tournament with me on Saturday, 4/28. Mark has been a friend for many years and DOA Fishing Lures has been a donor to the tournament tackle box since the beginning. We had good action in Sarasota Bay with trout to 24”on CAL jigs with a variety of tails. Karen won the Lady Angler division for largest trout with a 22” trout and I won the Largest Trout overall with a 24” trout. Tarpon numbers should increase daily as the coastal gulf warms. There should be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. 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! Tight Lines, 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. , and (941) 923-7799 (04/29/18)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 4/15/2018 Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action on several trips recently in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing trout to 19”, a red and scattered Spanish mackerel and blues on a variety of flies. We mostly fished deep grass flats from 5’-8’ deep on both sides of the bay with Clouser and Grassett Deep Flats Bunny flies fished on clear intermediate sink tip fly lines. A persistent wind made finding a place to fish tough and required heavier flies to get them down in the water column on the deep grass flats. Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, and Tony Merlis, from NH, had some action catching and releasing trout on flies on a trip with me in Sarasota Bay. Nick also waded a bar and caught and released a red on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Marshall Dinerman, from Atlanta, had good action with trout to 19” on CAL jigs with jerk worms and DOA Deadly Combos while fishing Sarasota Bay on another trip with me. I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. Students received fly casting instruction and also learned leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly fishing techniques. This was the last school for the spring season. Classes will resume in the fall. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com for information on other classes and fly fishing events. There should be good action with trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for big trout, snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. 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! Tight Lines, 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. , and (941) 923-7799 (04/15/18)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Banana River, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota & Terra Ceia, FL Fishing Report for 3/27 through 4/4/2018 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action on a trip in the Terra Ceia area catching and releasing several snook, reds and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails recently. We also had some action on several trips in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms, DOA Deadly Combos and flies. Mike Perez, from Sarasota, and his 9-year old granddaughter, Harper Perez, from IN, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday, 3/27. She did well casting CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms and DOA Deadly Combos, catching and releasing several nice trout. Dave Reinhart, from, MA, and Domenick Raschella, from VA, fished the Terra Ceia area with me on Wednesday. 3/28. Fishing shallow water with lures and flies usually isn’t easy but they fished hard and caught and released several snook, a couple of reds including an 8-pounder and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. Fly angler Mark Nielson, from Seaford, DE, fished Sarasota Bay with me on a very windy day on Thursday, 3/29. Despite a stiff 15 to 20-mph wind, he hung in there and caught and released a nice trout on a Clouser fly. It’s not often that I have a client from Delaware, much less my hometown, where Mark and I were high school classmates. Fly anglers also had some action catching and releasing trout to 19” on Ultra Hair Clouser flies in Sarasota Bay with me during the week of 4/2. Fishing shallow water for big trout, snook and reds is usually challenging although they should be a good option now. There should also be good action with trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more 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! Tight Lines, 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. , and (941) 923-7799 (04/04/18)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Southwest, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota & Gasparilla Sound, FL Fishing Report for 3/12 through 3/26/2018 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing trout and blues in Sarasota Bay, snook at night in the ICW and trout and redfish in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms during the past couple of weeks. The best action was catching and releasing snook on flies in the ICW at night. Monday, 3/12’s trip was cancelled due to wind and cool temperatures as a front moved through that day. Anna Maria Island winter resident Tony Merlis and his daughter, Jen Merlis, from MN, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday, 3/13 and had some action catching releasing trout on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Martin Marlowe, from NY, and his son Bruce Marlowe, from SC, fished the ICW me on Wednesday night, 3/14. It was Martin’s last trip with me before heading back north for the year and they finished strong. Despite cool water and a cold north wind, they had good action catching releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, FL, fished the backcountry of Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Thursday, 3/15 and Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL and Stephen Liska, from Naples, fished the same area on Friday, 3/16. With water temperatures in shallow water in the low 60’s to start, fishing was challenging. We caught and released a few trout and a red on CAL jigs with shad tails. The fishing world lost a gem when fly fishing legend, Lefty Kreh, passed away on Mar 14th. He was an author, photographer, outdoor writer and fly casting guru. A world class fly angler and casting instructor, he traveled the world pursuing fly fishing and sharing his knowledge. As rich as he was with knowledge, a conversation with him was like chatting with a family member or neighbor. I was fortunate to have had him as a guest on my boat twice. His wit and down home personality endeared him to many. He will be missed! Water temperature warmed back to the high 60’s and flats action improved during the week of 3/19. My brother Joey Grassett and Christine Johnson, both from Seaford, DE, visited for a few days and had some action catching and releasing trout to 20” and blues to about 3-pounds on CAL jigs with shad tails and jerk worms while fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me. Fishing shallow water for big trout, snook and reds should be a good option. There should also be good action with trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more 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! Tight Lines, 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. , and (941) 923-7799 (03/26/18)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Southwest, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota & Gasparilla Sound, FL Fishing Report for 2/26 through 3/10/2018 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook in the ICW at night, trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay and trout, redfish and snook in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails during the past couple of weeks. The best action was with snook at night and snook and reds in skinny water in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande. Jerry Poslusny, from Palmetto and Rich Hunter, from Longboat Key, fished the ICW with me on Wednesday night, 2/28. They had good action catching and releasing numerous snook and a nice trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Snook season reopened on March 1st on the west coast, although personally I will continue to ask clients to release them. Snook are a fantastic gamefish and too valuable of a resource to only catch them once, in my opinion. Tom Sachs, from Longboat Key and Jeff Holsworth, from MI, fished an instructional fly fishing trip in Sarasota Bay and had some action catching and releasing trout on deep grass flats on Ultra Hair Clouser flies with me on Thursday, 3/1. They had some freshwater experience with trout on Michigan rivers, so we focused on saltwater fly fishing techniques including line management, hook setting and playing fish. Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished the backcountry of Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Friday, 3/2. With a big full moon and behind a front, fish weren’t too aggressive that day. However he had good action with some nice trout and also caught a red and snook on CAL jigs with shad tails to complete his slam. Keith and Chuck Hempfling, also from IL fished the same area with me on Monday, 3/5. They had good action catching and releasing several snook and a nice red on CAL jigs with shad tails. Nick Reding, from Longboat Key and Mike Perez, from Sarasota, waded a shallow flat and fly fished in Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday, 3/6. We had a small window of action at the bottom of the tide, when Nick caught and released a nice trout on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly, then the tide came in fast, dispersing the bait and mullet. I gave a presentation on springtime fly fishing opportunities in southwest Florida to a group of fly anglers at the Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club on Wednesday evening, 3/7. A great group with many friends! Marshall Dinerman and Stan Sunshine, both from Atlanta, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 3/9. They had steady action with trout and bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails on deep grass flats. Fishing shallow water for big trout, snook and reds should be a good option. There should also be good action with trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more 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! Tight Lines, 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. , and (941) 923-7799 (03/10/18)
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