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 CBís 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 18í 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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Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 7/31 through 8/12/2009 (8/12/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me the past couple of weeks on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught reds and had a few shots at tarpon. Although I was gone on a family vacation for most of this time frame, fly anglers continue to have anywhere from a few to more than a dozen shots at tarpon in the coastal gulf off Sarasota and Manatee counties per trip. Not bad for the middle of August!
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 7/18 through 7/30/2009 (7/30/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon, trout and snook recently. Tarpon are still fairly plentiful and are a good option; particularly fly fishing for them in shallow water. In addition, we also caught a few bluefish and Spanish mackerel while fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.
Sarasota Tarpon Action is Hot! (7/17/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continue to have good action fly fishing for tarpon. A couple of trips last weekend had more than 20 shots per day and a total of 5 fish jumped and 2 landed in 2 days of fishing. We fished shallow water off Lido and Longboat Keys with a variety of flies on intermediate sink tip fly lines.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 6/22 through 7/5/2009 (7/05/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had action with tarpon, snook and trout during the past couple of weeks. A persistent west wind has forced us to fish in areas other than the coastal gulf.
Sarasota Tarpon Fishing is Hot! (6/23/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon from Siesta Key to Anna Maria Island on both fly and spinning tackle during the past couple of weeks. The best action was towards the end of this week as we approached a new moon on June 22nd.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 5/25 through 6/6/2009 (6/06/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon the past couple of weeks. Tarpon schools have been plentiful in the coastal gulf off Sarasota. Some tarpon schools were as large as more than 100 fish, which are more common early in the season as they prepare to spawn. These schools of fish are sometimes difficult to get to eat since they are more focused on spawning than feeding.
Tarpon Action Heating Up in Sarasota (5/24/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, the past couple of weeks had plenty of shots at tarpon, numerous bites, a couple jumped and one landed. As is often the case early in the season, action was inconsistent.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 4/27-5/1 & Andros South 5/2-5/9/2009 (5/11/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me during the week of 4/27 on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook and trout. Reds continued to be challenging but we caught and released a couple.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 4/13 through 4/26/2009 (4/26/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action recently with trout on CAL jigs with shad tails and flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. In addition, we also caught a few snook, pompano, blues and reds.
Capt. Rick GrassettÔŅĹs Fishing Report for 3/30 through 4/12/2009 (4/12/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBÔŅĹs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continue to have fast action with trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay, reds and snook recently. A persistent wind has made fishing tough lately.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 3/16 through 3/29/2009 (3/30/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. In addition, we also caught Spanish mackerel and pompano on deep grass flats, a few reds is skinny water and snook at night. The most consistent action continues to be on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Rick GrassettÔŅĹs Fishing Report for 3/2 through 3/15/2009 (3/15/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Fishing has been hot! Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBÔŅĹs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released snook, reds, trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel and blues the last couple of weeks. The best action continues to be on deep grass flats for trout, Spanish mackerel and pompano.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 2/15 through 3/1/2009 (3/02/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action the past couple of weeks with reds, snook, trout and bluefish. The fastest action continues to be on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with trout, bluefish and a few pompano. We also had a few good trips with reds in skinny water and snook at night.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 2/1 through 2/14/2009 (2/14/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, for the past couple of weeks had good action with trout and bluefish. In addition, weíre still catching a few pompano and large Spanish mackerel made an appearance in Sarasota Bay the last couple of days.
Capt. Rick Grassett's Fishing Report for 1/19 through 1/31/2009 (2/01/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout and bluefish on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay recently. In addition, we caught larger trout in Sarasota Bay and reds and snook in Gasparilla Sound in skinny water. Water temperatures cooled to the high 50ÔŅĹs and low 60ÔŅĹs early in the week of Jan. 19th, slowing the pompano bite that was going on prior to that.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 1/4 through 1/18/2009 (1/18/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, bluefish, pompano and reds during the past couple of weeks. The best action continues to be on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with trout, blues and pompano. Anglers fishing Charlotte Harbor with me also had good action with reds, snook and trout.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 12/21/08 through 1/3/09 (1/04/2009)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, blues and pompano during the past couple of weeks. In addition, we also caught a few reds.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 12/7 through 12/20/2008 (12/20/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught trout, bluefish, little tunny, ladyfish and pompano during the past couple of weeks. In addition, we had lots of shots at tailing reds in Gasparilla Sound.
Capt. Rick GrassettÔŅĹs Fishing Report for 11/24 through 12/6/2008 (12/07/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBÔŅĹs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, bluefish and reds during the past couple of weeks. Reds and trout moved into shallow water recently following several fronts that dropped water temperatures into the high 50ÔŅĹs and low 60ÔŅĹs. Negative low tides concentrated fish in potholes along sand bars giving us some sight casting opportunities.
Capt. Rick Grassett's Sarasota, FL & Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize reports (11/29/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] I fished Sarasota Bay and Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize from 11/10 through 11/22/08. We caught and released trout, bluefish and reds in Sarasota Bay and bonefish in Belize.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 10/24 through 11/9/2008 (11/10/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in the coastal gulf with Spanish mackerel and reds, snook, trout and blues on the flats of Gasparilla Sound and Sarasota Bay recently. Fishing was best for Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf during the week of 10/27. Water temperatures cooled by 5 degrees or more following a front and then fishing in shallow water got hot.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 10/13 through 10/23/2008 (10/23/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with Spanish mackerel and little tunny recently in the coastal gulf off Sarasota. Action in Sarasota Bay slowed but anglers fishing the bay with me still caught trout on deep grass flats. One angler had a slam fishing the east side of the bay with me one day consisting of a red, a snook and several trout.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Sarasota, FL & Chesapeake Bay Rpt. for 9/22-10/12/08 (10/11/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action recently fishing deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf waters off Siesta Key. Spin and fly anglers caught and released trout, bluefish, jacks, little tunny and Spanish mackerel. Our fall fishing seems to be getting off to an early start.
Crane Meadow Lodge, Twin Bridges, MT Fishing Report for 9/13 through 9/19/2008 (9/22/2008)
[Southwest Montana,MT] I was in Twin Bridges, MT last week hosting a group of fly anglers at Crane Meadow Lodge (www.cranemeadow.com) on what was our 7th trip there. The timing was just right this year with the weather being perfect, frost on the ground or mid 30ís in the morning, warming to the mid 70ís with almost no humidity. Unlike several other years when water flow was an issue, we had plenty of water this year due to a good snow pack last winter and spring.
FL Keys & Sarasota Fishing Report for 8/30 through 9/7/08 (9/07/2008)
[Florida Keys,FL] After a family vacation to the cool mountains of North Carolina, I headed to the Florida Keys to participate in the Islamorada-Sarasota Shootout fishing tournament. I squeezed a couple of days of fishing in Sarasota in before I left.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 8/11 through 8/16/2008 (8/28/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with snook, tarpon and trout during the week of August 11. The best action continues to be on deep grass flats with a variety of species including trout, bluefish and mangrove snapper. We also had action fishing lighted docks for snook before dawn and large tarpon around bridges and on the flats after daylight.
Capt. Rick Grassett's Fishing Report for 7/28 through 8/10/2008 (8/10/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon, trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel the past couple of weeks. Tarpon action slowed along the beaches due to fewer tarpon and poor sight fishing conditions (rough water and lack of sunlight); however they moved inside around bridges and on the flats. The best action has been on deep grass flats along the west side of Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Rick Grassett's Fishing Report for 7/14 through 7/27/2008 (7/27/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay during the past couple of weeks. In addition, tarpon are still available in the inshore Gulf of Mexico off Sarasota. Fly anglers had numerous shots at tarpon, several bites and jumped a couple, although sea and sunlight conditions werenít good.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 6/30 through 7/13/2008 (7/13/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have action with tarpon on fly and spinning tackle over the past couple of weeks. In addition, fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay has also had good variety and action.
Fishing Report For Coastal Gulf of Mexico, Siesta and Lido Keys (6/29/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, jumped and landed several tarpon during the past couple of weeks. We were plagued with west wind for a few days during the week of June 16th, which caused us to fish the bay a couple of days.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 6/8 through 6/15/2008 (6/15/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had great tarpon action this week. We landed 5 out of 16 tarpon jumped for the week, including a couple jumped on flies.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 5/26 through 6/7/2008 (6/07/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had action with tarpon during the past couple of weeks.
Good Action Past Couple Of Weeks (5/25/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action during the past couple of weeks with reds, snook and trout on the flats of Sarasota Bay. Due to a persistent west wind, tarpon fishing got off to a slow start.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Andros South, Bahamas Fishing Report (5/18/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] I hosted a group of 9 other anglers during the week of May 3rd through 10th at Andros South Bonefish Lodge on South Andros in the Bahamas. This was my 6th trip to Andros and my 3rd visit to Andros South, one of the best lodges that I have visited anywhere.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 4/28 through 5/2/2008 (5/11/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout, bluefish and snook during the week of April 28th. The best action was on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with trout and bluefish.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 4/13 through 4/27/2008 (4/27/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action during the past couple of weeks with reds, snook, trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel. The best action was in Sarasota Bay with trout and reds.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 4/7 through 4/13/2008 (4/13/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with a variety of fish during the past week. Anglers using spin tackle caught and released reds, trout, bluefish and a pompano. Fly anglers scored with trout, ladyfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and a red.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 3/26 through 4/6/2008 (4/06/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me for the past 10 days had good action with a variety of species. Reds, trout, bluefish and Spanish mackerel were caught and released by anglers using fly and spin tackle. The best action continues to be on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 3/16 through 3/26/2008 (3/26/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action during the past 10 days. Anglers using spinning tackle scored with snook, reds, pompano, Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Fly anglers caught and released trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pompano and reds. The best action was with snook on the flats of Terra Ceia and Sarasota Bays.
Sarasota Bay Fishing For Trout, Spanish Mackeral, Bluefish, Pompano (3/15/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me the past several weeks had good action in Sarasota Bay with trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and pompano on flies and jigs. Anglers fishing Charlotte Harbor scored with trout and reds. Despite water temperatures being up and down with the passing of several
Capt. Rick Grassett's Fishing Report for 2/18 through 2/24/2008 (2/24/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action this week with Spanish mackerel, bluefish, trout and redfish. We also caught and released a few snook on an evening trip.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 1/29 through 2/17/2008 (2/17/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor during the past couple of weeks. Sarasota Bay had the most variety and best action with bluefish, pompano, Spanish mackerel and trout. Anglers fishing Charlotte Harbor with me also had good action with trout.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 1/18 through 1/28/08 (1/28/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with a variety of fish during the past week and a half. Fly anglers caught and released bluefish, trout and ladyfish while anglers using spinning tackle caught and released reds, trout and bluefish.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 1/8 through 1/17/2008 (1/17/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action in Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor during the past 10 days. Fly anglers scored with trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish. In addition to those species, anglers using spinning tackle also caught and released big reds, little tunny and flounder.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 12/26/07 through 1/7/08 (1/07/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action during the week from Christmas to New Years Day. Fly anglers caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies in Sarasota Bay. Anglers using conventional tackle caught and released trout, reds, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish in Charlotte Harbor and Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 12/17 through 12/25/2007 (1/07/2008)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout and bluefish on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay recently. In addition, we also caught scattered large Spanish mackerel and pompano in the same areas.
Capt. Rick GrassettÔŅĹs Fishing Report for 12/5 through 12/16/2007 (12/17/2007)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBÔŅĹs Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had great action with Spanish mackerel, bluefish and trout. In addition, we also caught and released pompano and king mackerel in Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 11/25 through 12/4/2007 (12/04/2007)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had fast action with trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish recently. In addition we also caught and released snook, redfish and a legal grouper in skinny water!
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 11/11 through 11/24/2007 (11/24/2007)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with a variety of fish during the past couple of weeks. Fly and spin anglers scored with reds, snook, trout, pompano, flounder and bluefish on the flats. Anglers using spinning tackle caught and released Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish in the coastal gulf off Lido Key.
Capt. Rick Grassettís Fishing Report for 11/4 through 11/10/2007 (11/10/2007)
[Sarasota,FL] Anglers fishing with me on the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CBís Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with a variety of fish during the past week. Fly anglers caught and released Spanish mackerel, redfish, snook and trout. In addition to those species, anglers using spinning tackle also caught little tunny and king mackerel.
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