Action With a Variety of Species on Sarasota Flats
<p>Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, flounder and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos, top water plugs and live shrimp in Sarasota Bay and Little Sarasota Bay during the past couple of weeks.
Thanksgiving is family time and multiple family generations of long time clients joined me on the boat during Thanksgiving week. Sarasota winter resident Norm Boardman, his son Doug and grandson Dougy, both from Richmond, VA, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday, 11/25. Dougy did well on his first saltwater outing, catching and releasing, trout, flounder, jacks and ladyfish on a CAL jig with a live shrimp. Letting the jig hooked shrimp swing as we drifted deep grass flats proved to be an effective technique.
Three generations of the Lamb family, Tom Lamb from Geneva, Switzerland, grandson James Muhlfeld and great grandson Thomas Muhlfeld, from CA, and Daniel Burton-Morgan, from the UK, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 11/27. Action was similar with trout, flounder, jacks and ladyfish. Daniel and Thomas caught and released their first fish ever and Tom scored with a flounder on a CAL jig with a shad tail.
Sarasota winter resident, Mike Perez, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday, 12/3. We spent most of our time in skinny water where he caught and released a nice snook on a top water plug.
Don Tase, from NH, fished Little Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 12/4. He caught and released a few trout to 18", ladyfish and jack crevalle on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.
Catch and release snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges with flies and DOA Lures should be a good option now. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars in backcountry areas of Charlotte Harbor and lower Tampa Bay. False albacore, tripletail, Spanish mackerel and more should still be a good option in the coastal gulf when conditions are good.
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.
www.snookfin-addict.com, www.snookfinaddict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us
Dougy Boardman, from Richmond, VA. with a flounder caught and released on a CAL jig with a live shrimp while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Sarasota winter resident, Mike Perez, with a snook caught and released on a top water plug while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.
About The Author: Captain Rick Grassett
Company: Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
Area Reporting: Soutwest Florida
Bio: Capt. Rick Grassett, owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc., is a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He has been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter fly fishing guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters in Sarasota. Specializing in fishing with flies and lures on light spinning tackle, Capt. Rick fishes the bays, back country and coastal gulf waters from Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor in his 18’ Action Craft flats boat. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified fly casting instructor. Destination fishing trips are another specialty of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service. Capt. Rick has lead groups of fly anglers to remote fishing locations around the world. Crane Meadow Lodge, MT, Los Roques, Venezuela, Andros Island Bonefish Club and Bonefish Bay Club in the Bahamas are several destinations where he has hosted groups in the past. Capt. Rick is a field editor for Saltwater Angler magazine and a monthly columnist for the Tampa Tribune. He has written articles for The Fisherman magazine and Orvis News. In addition to writing for these publications, he has been featured in articles in Florida Sportsman, Sportfishing, The Fisherman and Fly Fishing in Saltwater magazines. Capt. rick's web site, www.snookfin-addict.com features weekly fishing reports, current photos and and monthly fishing forecasts. He also maintains a second website that is specific to fly fishing and fly casting instruction, www.flyfishingflorida.net.