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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 Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 9/4/2017 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with snook around dock lights and trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay during the past week. This is a great time of year to beat the heat, by fishing dock lights before dawn, which is the coolest time of day. In addition to snook, you may also find juvenile tarpon, trout and reds in the lights as we head into fall. Labor Day weekend is often “family time” on the water and this weekend was no different as kids had some fun fishing with family members. Fly angler Randy Ritzenhaler and his daughter Elise, from TX, fished a predawn snook/flats trip in Sarasota with me on Thursday. Randy had some action before daylight catching and releasing snook and a nice trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly fished on a sink tip fly line. They also had some action catching and releasing trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly and a CAL jig with a shad tail on the west side of the bay. Despite all the rain we’ve had, except for tannin stained water, deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay looked good. I had a couple of trips on Saturday and Sunday and the best action was with trout over deep grass flats. Al Ribas, from Miami, FL, and his grandson Michael, from Port Charlotte, FL, had some action catching and releasing trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. You may find juvenile tarpon, trout or reds mixed with snook in dock lights. You should also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and adult tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and some areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should be a good option. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. Snook season reopened on Sept 1st on the west coast of Florida. Bag limit is 1 fish per person, per day between 28”-33”. Full regulations can be found at . Personally, I will continue to ask that snook be released on my boat. They are a magnificent game fish that hits hard and fights strong and smart. If continuing to release them now means more and bigger snook later, I’m all for that. 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 (09/04/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 8/26/2017 I was away on a family vacation recently, so I don’t have much to report locally. However, I did get out for a trip after we returned. A fly angler fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing snook, jacks, mangrove snapper and ladyfish on flies on his first ever saltwater fly fishing trip. Greg Whitledge, from IL, fished a predawn snook/flats trip with me on Friday morning. That trip, which gives anglers a good chance for snook and tarpon on a fly around dock lights before moving to the flats at the best time of day, is a great option this time of year. He did well, catching and releasing several snook before daylight on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Just as we were wrapping up the snook fishing, a school of jacks erupted in a frenzy, trapping bait along a seawall. He added a few more species to his tally by catching and releasing mangrove snapper, jacks and ladyfish out of the fray! You may find juvenile tarpon mixed with snook in dock lights or in canals and creeks during the day. You may also find juvenile and adult tarpon in upper Charlotte Harbor and some areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures should be a good option. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. Remember that snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st. Please handle them gently and release them quickly. 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 (08/26/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 8/5/2017 Fly anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have some action with tarpon. Despite poor conditions with the passing of Tropical Storm Emily, we got out for a couple of trips. When fish were high in the water column and visibility was good, we had the best action. We had about a dozen shots and jumped one tarpon on one of the trips. Tarpon fishing in the gulf should still be an option depending on conditions. You should find juvenile tarpon in creeks, canals and turning basins. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. However, snook season remains closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook and tarpon with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. 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 (08/05/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 7/23/2017 Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have some action with tarpon recently. We had numerous shots at tarpon each trip, jumping several fish. Conditions were good some days, however we dodged thunderstorms and fished windows of good conditions on other days. When fish were “happy”, high in the water column and moving slowly, we had the best action. Days when fish were deep or moving fast, combined with poor visibility were tough. Tarpon fishing should be good next week as many fish are post spawn and should be aggressive. This is a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. However, snook season remains closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. 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 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 (07/23/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing on the Sarasota Bay, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 6/26 through 7/8/2017 Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon during the past couple of weeks. With the weather in a normal pattern of an east breeze in the morning, an afternoon sea breeze and plenty of sun, fly anglers had lots of shots at tarpon each day, jumping numerous tarpon and catching and releasing several. I had a real treat on Mon, June 26 when Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key and I had an opportunity to fish the backcountry of Pine Island Sound for juvenile tarpon with our friend, Capt. Joe Harley of Snooktown Charters out of Matlacha, FL ( or 239-443-7412). We had great action jumping numerous tarpon in the 15 to 30-pound class and leadering a couple of them on 8-wt fly tackle. Great fun and a change of pace from beach tarpon fishing. These fish usually jump higher and more often than their larger brethren! I also fished with Rusty back in Sarasota on Wednesday, 6/28. We had numerous shots at tarpon and Rusty hooked up, getting numerous jumps and runs during a 20-minute fight before the hook pulled. Hal Lutz, from Parrish, FL and Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton, FL, fished with me on Thursday and Friday. 6/29 and 30. Hal was the first to score when he hooked up on Thursday and fought his fish to the boat. Jeb hooked up twice on Friday, jumping one tarpon and fighting the fish for about 30-minutes before we had an unexpected break off. He immediately hooked up again fighting the second tarpon through several jumps and runs before it was leadered. Great job! Steve Gibson, from Sarasota, fly fished for tarpon with me on Wednesday. 7/5. Steve hooked up and fought the fish for several jumps and runs. Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, fly fished for tarpon with me on Thursday. He also hooked up, getting numerous jumps and runs before bringing the fish to the boat in about 20-minutes. We jumped another tarpon that day and had lots of shots and a brief hook up on another trip. Tarpon fishing should be good next week as many fish are post spawn and aggressive. This is a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. However, snook season remains closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. 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 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 (07/08/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the West Central, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 6/12 through 6/24/2017 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 couple of weeks. However weather was again a factor during the week of June 19. The coastal gulf was rough most of that week as Tropical Storm Cindy passed to our west, causing 4’-6’ seas and dirty water in the gulf limiting our fishing to only a couple of days that week. Barry Slee, from IL, and a friend fished several days with me early in the week of June 12th. They had action every day, jumping a total of 5 tarpon with a couple of other eats, catching and releasing 2 of them. Denis Clohisy, from WI, and Jim Dempsey from IL, fished several days with me at the end of that week. The action slowed for a couple of days, as tarpon didn’t show very well or eat very well for us. I fished a different area on Saturday and they finished strong, catching and releasing one on a live crab. Despite a big swell and dirty water, fly anglers had a few shots on Monday 6/19, but conditions deteriorated quickly and we were forced off the water early due to a severe thunderstorm. The next 3 days were unfishable for tarpon in the coastal gulf as Tropical Storm Cindy passed by, roughing up the water. Clark Keator, from Orlando and his son-in-law, Nick DePinto from Dallas, fished the coastal gulf with me on Friday, 6/23. Conditions still weren’t great, but it was fishable and fortunately the tarpon were there. Sometimes several days of rough water will push tarpon out of their normal patterns, but that wasn’t the case. They jumped 2 tarpon and Nick caught and released his first tarpon on a live crab! Tarpon fishing should improve next week as sea conditions return to normal. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook with flies and DOA Lures continues to be a good option. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. 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 (06/24/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the West Central, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 5/28 through 6/11/2017 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past couple of weeks. Spin fishing anglers hooked up numerous times on live crabs and brought several fish to the boat. Fly anglers got in on the action, also jumping a tarpon. Fly anglers had plenty of shots on a trip early in the week of 5/28. After several color changes we got it right, jumping a tarpon and fighting it for several jumps before it chewed through the bite tippet close to the boat. Dave Reinhart and Domenick Raschella, both from VA, fished a couple of days with me later in that week on 6/1 & 2. We had action both days, getting several bites and jumping a couple of tarpon on live crabs. Dave had one on for about 30-minutes, fighting the fish to the boat where it also chewed through our 80-lb leader. A tropical weather system moved in on Monday morning, 6/5 and the system lingered all week long. Strong west winds roughed up the gulf and heavy rain and thunderstorms made it impossible to get into the coastal gulf to fish, so we were unable to tarpon fish through Friday. Dennis Ondercin, from OH, and Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, were scheduled to fish with me all week. We only got a couple of hours in on Monday before the weather chased us off the water. We finally got back out on Saturday and found good conditions. They had a good day, jumping 4 tarpon and bringing 2 to the boat. The severe weather of the previous few days decided to move back north as a warm front, chasing us off the water again! We are in the middle of the tarpon spawning season. Numbers of tarpon and size of schools should continue to increase and action will pick up as sea conditions improve. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. This is 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 Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. , and (941) 923-7799 (06/11/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing on the West Central, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 5/27/2017 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past couple of weeks. Spin fishing anglers hooked up several times and brought one fish to the boat. Sea conditions have been poor, with a lot of rough and cloudy water, making sight fishing for tarpon tough. Hal Lutz, from Parrish, FL and Andrea Lutz, from Atlanta, had good action fishing the coastal gulf with me last Monday. They hooked up a couple of times on a live crab with spinning tackle, jumping one and fighting another fish to the boat after a 45-minute battle. A strong front approached on Tuesday and Wednesday, roughing up the gulf and forcing the cancellation of the rest of the week of tarpon fishing. Tarpon action will pick up as sea conditions improve. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. This is 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 continues to be a good option. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with reds when conditions are good. 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 (05/27/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the West Central, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 5/13/2017 Tarpon time! Numbers of tarpon increased as we approached a full moon last week and fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action with them. Tarpon numbers will continue to increase as we head into late May and June and they form larger schools in preparation for spawning. Early arriving tarpon are usually more aggressive due to less fishing pressure early in the season. Fly anglers should do well with a variety of baitfish or crab fly patterns fished on floating or intermediate sink tip fly lines. Spin fishing anglers should score with DOA Baitbusters, DOA 4” Shrimp, a variety of live baits and live crabs. This is always a good time to talk about tarpon fishing etiquette. Everyone can have a chance to catch fish as long as they are respectful of other anglers and the fish. Give other anglers at least several hundred yards of space in any direction, since fish may be traveling in more than one direction. Be quiet, especially in shallow water. Running an outboard close to tarpon will spook them and make them harder for everyone to catch. Even though a 4-stroke outboard sounds quiet, it is no substitute for an electric trolling motor. Even an electric trolling motor should be used sparingly, especially in shallow water. The more that tarpon are “pressured”, the harder they are for everyone to catch. Snook season is closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. This is 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 continues to be a good option. You should also find larger trout in shallow water along with reds when conditions are good. 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 (05/13/17)
Rick Grassett (Capt. Rick Grassett) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Southwest, Florida
Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota and Gasparilla Sound, FL Fishing Report for 4/30/2017 Anglers fishing with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, bluefish, flounder and snook in Sarasota Bay and trout, flounder and snook in Gasparilla Sound on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and 2.75” DOA Shrimp during the past couple of weeks. Mark Wayde, from MI, fished a day in Sarasota Bay with me. We worked deep grass flats on both sides of the bay and he had good action catching and releasing trout to 18” and bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on an intermediate sink tip fly line. Marshall Dinerman and a guest, both from Atlanta, also had some action with me in Sarasota Bay with trout and bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails. Lew Murray, from Tarpon Springs, FL, fished a pre-dawn snook/flats trip with me in Sarasota Bay on Thursday. He started off strong with several snook to 26” caught and released on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before daylight. We moved to the flats after daylight and he caught and released a few more on an EP Minnow fly pattern. Great job! My friends Mark Nichols, owner of DOA Fishing Lures and his wife, Jenny Nichols, fished with me on Friday and Saturday. We fished the back country of Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on Friday. We had some action catching and releasing a few snook, including a 30” fish that Jenny caught and released on a weedless-rigged CAL Shad tail. A nice snook! My wife, Karen Grassett, joined us on Saturday to fish the Sarasota CCA Photo All Release Challenge fishing tournament. It is a catch-photo-release format tournament for snook, reds and trout that raises money for conservation. Anglers must fish with identical boxes of donated lures or flies and all fish are immediately photographed and released to fight another day. We caught and released snook, trout, flounder and jacks on the 2.75” DOA Shrimp that was donated to the box by DOA Fishing Lures. Mark caught and released an over slot trout and Karen won the Ladies Trout division with a 19 ½” trout! Tarpon fishing should take off as the water in the coastal gulf continues to warm. Trout, blues and Spanish mackerel should also be good options on deep grass flats and passes of Sarasota Bay. Snook season closes from May 1 through Aug 31 on the west coast of Florida, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. You should 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 (05/02/17)
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