Fishing Reports by Captain Rick Grassett

About The Author:

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 CBs 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.

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Good Trout Action in Southwest Montana (8/28/2011)
[Southwest Montana,MT] I hosted a group of fly anglers at Crane Meadow Lodge in Twin Bridges, MT last week. Nick Reding, Bob Reynolds, Howard Curtis, Jay Sandza and Bob Virgil, all from the St. Louis, MO area, Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, from IN and I all met up at the lodge last Saturday and Sunday. We fished the Beaverhead, upper Big Hole and Ruby Rivers, a spring creek and a high mountain lake.
Late Season Tarpon Rally in Sarasota (8/04/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Tarpon are thinning out in the coastal gulf off Sarasota although they got aggressive as we approached the new moon on July 30th. Fly anglers fishing the coastal gulf off Sarasota with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, jumped 5 tarpon and landed 2 to 75-lbs recently. However, tarpon action slowed during the past week as tides weakened as we headed away from the new moon, but we still averaged 5 or 6 shots at tarpon per trip.
Hot Tarpon Action in Sarasota (7/24/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf along Sarasota beaches is still good. Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon during the past couple of weeks. Although tarpon are thinning out and large schools have given way to singles doubles and small schools, they are aggressive.
Tarpon Action Still Good in Sarasota (7/09/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Tarpon fishing remains good off Sarasota beaches, although conditions recently have made sight fishing in shallow water challenging. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, jumped several tarpon and landed two on flies, DOA Baitbusters and live bait.
Tarpon Action Still Hot in Sarasota (6/25/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Tarpon action continues to be good in the coastal gulf off Sarasota beaches, although west wind prevented us from tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf a few days. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, jumped numerous tarpon and brought 3 to the boat recently. We also caught and released trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay.
Tarpon Action Still Hot in sarasota! (6/11/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Tarpon action continues to be hot off Sarasota beaches! Anglers fishing the coastal gulf along Sarasota beaches with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon during the past couple of weeks.
Plentiful Tapon & Good Flats Action in Sarasota (5/29/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released tarpon, trout, bluefish, redfish and Spanish mackerel during the past couple of weeks. Tarpon are plentiful and many are in large schools along Sarasota beaches.
Tarpon in Sarasota & Bonefish & Cudas at Andros South (5/16/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] With water temperatures in the low 80s, tarpon are plentiful in the coastal gulf off Sarasota. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, jumped several tarpon and brought one to the boat on flies during the week of 5/1.
Catch & Release Snook & Tarpon Good Options in Sarasota Area (4/30/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] The best action continues to be catch and release night snook fishing and tarpon are becoming plentiful in the coastal gulf. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, reds, trout, Spanish mackerel, flounder, jacks and a tarpon on jigs and flies during the past couple of weeks.
Snook Action Hot in Sarasota (4/19/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Catch and release night snook action has been hot! Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, reds, trout and Spanish mackerel during the past couple of weeks. Fly anglers fishing the ICW at night near Venice averaged more than 20 snook to 27 on several trips.
Shallow Water Action Explodes in Sarasota (4/02/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Action exploded in skinny water during the week of 3/21. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had great action with reds and trout on shallow grass flats. In addition, we also caught and released Spanish mackerel, blues, trout and pompano on deep grass flats.
Hot Snook and Flats Action in Sarasota (3/20/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, trout, reds, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and flounder during the past couple of weeks.
Springtime Action Heating Up in Sarasota (3/05/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Action continues to improve in Sarasota Bay as water temperatures have warmed to the high 60s. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released big trout, redfish, Spanish mackerel, blues and pompano during the past couple of weeks. The best action was with big gator trout in skinny water.
Action Heating Up in Sarasota Bay & Gasparilla Sound (2/23/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel on jigs and flies during the past couple of weeks. Action improved as water temperatures rose to the mid 60s and then slowed a little towards the end of last week as we approached a full moon.
Trout and Redfish Action Good in Sarasota & Gasparilla Sound (2/05/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout and reds during the past couple of weeks. A couple of fronts moved through during that time frame forcing the cancellation of a couple of days due to winds in the mid 20 mph range. A warming trend followed as sunny afternoons warmed water into the 60s.
Trout and Snook Action Hot in Sarasota (1/23/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released reds, snook and trout during the past couple of weeks.
Trout Action Good in Sarasota & Charlotte Harbor (1/09/2011)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, reds and flounder on jigs and flies during the past couple of weeks. A strong front with high winds came roaring through Sunday morning, 12/26, dropping water temperatures back into the low 50s and forcing the cancellation of a couple of trips. Cold water kept fish concentrated in channels, creeks and deep edges of flats.
Trout & Reds Best Bet in Sarasota (12/25/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] A blast of cold air settled in on southwest Florida recently, dropping water temperatures into the low 50s in the morning. However, afternoon water temperatures were close to 60 degrees last week following some sunny afternoons. Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, snook, flounder and redfish on flies and jigs on several trips in the last couple of weeks.
Trout Action Good in Sarasota Bay & Gasparilla Sound (12/12/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, blues, flounder and redfish in skinny water along the east side of Sarasota Bay and in Gasparilla Sound on several trips during the past couple of weeks. Several fronts pushed through our area recently plummeting water temperatures into the high 50s and limiting daytime temperatures to 50 and 60s.
Albie Action Hot in Sarasota (11/28/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay with catch and release trout and blues on CAL jigs with a variety of plastic tails and DOA Deadly Combos and little tunny in the coastal gulf on flies during the past couple of weeks. In addition, we also caught scattered Spanish mackerel and pompano in Sarasota Bay.
Fast Action in Sarasota Bay & coastal Gulf of Mexico (11/14/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, reds, trout, blues, little tunny, Spanish mackerel and flounder on DOA baits and flies during the past couple of weeks. The best action was in the coastal gulf off Sarasota and on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with a variety of species.
Albie Action Still Hot in Sarasota (10/30/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, snook, flounder, blues, little tunny, Spanish mackerel and reds during the past couple of weeks. The fastest action continues to be in the coastal gulf with little tunny. Spanish mackerel are also plentiful but we actually avoided mackerel schools in lieu of their much stronger cousins.
False Albacore Bite Hot in Sarasota! (10/17/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released little tunny, Spanish mackerel, snook, trout and reds during the past couple of weeks. The best action was with little tunny in the coastal gulf and near the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Capt. Rick Grassett's Fishing Report for 9/20 through 10/3/2010 (10/03/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Hey! Hey! Hey! Fat Albert! Its the time of year when little tunny, a.k.a. bonito, false albacore, LTs, albies or fat alberts, are beginning their fall inshore blitz. In addition to little tunny, Spanish mackerel are also plentiful in the coastal gulf. Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, little tunny and snook during the past couple of weeks.
Good Snook and Trout Action in Sarasota (9/19/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, blues and redfish in Sarasota Bay on jigs and flies during the past couple of weeks. Very high tides towards the end of last week, as we approach a full moon on Sept. 23rd, made sight fishing for reds tough.
Good Action on Beaverhead and Big Hole Rivers (9/04/2010)
[Southwest Montana,MT] I hosted a group of anglers for our annual trip to Crane Meadow Lodge in Twin Bridges, MT last week. I have been planning, organizing and hosting groups of anglers to fishing destinations in Montana, Belize, Venezuela and the Bahamas since 1998 and this was our 9th year at Crane Meadow Lodge.
Snook, Trout and Reds Are Best Bets in Sarasota (9/04/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, trout and Spanish mackerel on flies recently.
Good Action in Sarasota Bay (8/16/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released tarpon, snook, reds, trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel during the past several weeks.
Tarpon Action Good in Sarasota (7/17/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Fishing continues to be good in the coastal gulf for tarpon and in Sarasota Bay for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel and more. Fly anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action towards the end of the week of 7/4. Conditions were poor early that week with rain and overcast skies, however they improved to near perfect at the end of the week and tarpon responded favorably.
Tarpon Plentiful in Sarasota (7/03/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Tarpon continue to be plentiful along Sarasota beaches. Despite tough conditions, anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, jumped and landed several tarpon during the past couple of weeks. Fly anglers also scored on tarpon, snook, trout, blues and jacks.
Tarpon Plentiful in Sarasota (6/20/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Tarpon fishing continues to be good along Sarasota beaches. Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action the last couple of weeks along Siesta and Longboat Keys. The DOA Baitbuster has been a hot bait!
Tarpon and Bay Fishing Hot in Sarasota (6/06/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon off Sarasota beaches during the past couple of weeks. We jumped more than 15 fish and fought 4 or 5 to the boat. Anglers scored with live crabs, DOA Baitbusters and baitfish fly patterns along Lido and Longboat Key.
Sarasota Bay Fishing Report for 5/9 through5/23/2010 (5/23/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and tarpon during the past couple of weeks. After warming up quickly, more than 10 degrees in a week or so, bay fishing slowed. However, tarpon showed up in force along our beaches.
Capt. Rick Grassett's Sarasota & Andros South Rpts for 4/26 -5/8/10 (5/11/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB�s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout to 22� and scattered bluefish to 3-pounds on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and catch and release snook to 24� in the ICW at night near Venice during the week of 4/26.
Big Trout Action Hot in Sarasota (4/26/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB�s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, big trout, Spanish mackerel and scattered pompano and blues on CAL jigs with shad tails, DOA Deadly Combos and flies during the past couple of weeks. The best action was with big trout on the flats and snook at night.
Capt. Rick Grassetts Fishing Report for 3/29 through 4/9/2010 (4/09/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, Spanish mackerel and pompano during the past couple of weeks. The best action was on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Rick Grassetts Fishing Report for 3/13 through 3/28/2010 (3/28/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on my flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had steady action during the past couple of weeks with trout and ladyfish on jigs and flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound. Most trips averaged 15 -20 trout and a few ladyfish.
Trout Action Strong in Sarasota (3/12/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and ladyfish on jigs and flies during the past couple of weeks. The best action was on deep grass flats of Gasparilla Sound, Little Sarasota Bay and Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Rick Grassetts Fishing Report for 2/8 through 2/21/2010 (2/21/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had action with trout, ladyfish and redfish on deep grass flats of Little Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound during the past couple of weeks. The bigger trout have been coming from the edges of bars, channels and troughs.
Trout Best Bet in Sarasota (2/07/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB�s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released mostly trout and ladyfish during the past couple of weeks. Action wasn�t too fast but was steady. However, there were a couple of great trips. In addition, we also caught a few ladyfish, a snook, flounder and redfish.
Sarasota Fishing Report for 1/10 through 1/23/2010 (1/24/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout and reds in Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor recently. Water temperatures have warmed to close to 60 degrees and fish are starting to feed again.
Capt. Rick Grassetts Fishing Report for 12/26/2009 through 1/9/2010 (1/10/2010)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released redfish, Spanish mackerel, blues, flounder, pompano, trout and ladyfish on flies and jigs during the past couple of weeks. Weve been catching some of the biggest blues (up to 5-pounds) that Ive seen in years. However, we are also experiencing some of the coldest weather that we have seen in quite a
Blues, Spanish mackerel and Pompano Good Options in Sarasota (12/25/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Merry Christmas! Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, redfish, Spanish mackerel, blues, flounder, pompano, trout and ladyfish on flies and jigs the past couple of weeks. Weve been catching some of the biggest blues (up to 5-pounds) that Ive seen in years. The best action continues to be on deep grass flats along the east side of Sarasota Bay from Stephens Point to Long Bar.
Capt. Rick Grassett�s Fishing Report for 11/30 through 12/11/2009 (12/11/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB�s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had fast action with pompano and bluefish during the week of 11/30.
Capt. Rick Grassetts Fishing Report for 11/23 through 11/29/2009 (11/30/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, during the past week had good action with trout, blues and pompano on jigs and flies. A couple of trips in lower Tampa Bay also had action with trout, snook and reds. Deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay have been the best option for variety and action.
Capt. Rick Grassetts Fishing Report for 11/7 through 11/13/09 (11/13/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout, bluefish and pompano on jigs and flies on a couple of trips this week. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay as we dodged wind from Hurricane Ida, which was passing us by in the gulf.
Action Hot Inshore and Offshore in Sarasota (11/06/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had great action with little tunny, Spanish mackerel, jacks, trout, bluefish and pompano during the past couple of weeks. The best action was in the coastal gulf with little tunny, Spanish mackerel and jacks on flies.
Spanish Mackeral Offered Best Action off Sarasota and Boca Grande (10/25/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Hey! Hey! Hey! Fat Albert! Anglers fishing with me recently on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, trout, reds, Spanish mackerel and little tunny. The best action was with Spanish mackerel and little tunny in the coastal gulf off Sarasota and Boca Grande.
Sarasota Fishing Report for 9/23 through 10/9/2009 (10/09/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released Spanish mackerel and trout on a couple of trips recently. The best action was with Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf.
Capt. Rick Grassetts Fishing Report for 9/14 through 9/22/2009 (9/22/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had action with a variety of species during the past 10 days. Fly anglers caught and released snook, trout, bluefish, little tunny (false albacore), Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish. Spin anglers also got in on the action catching and releasing snook.
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