Good Action in Sarasota Coastal Gulf of Mexico
<p>I was away during the week of 10/31 hosting a group of fly anglers at Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge on south Andros, Bahamas so I don't have a report for that week. A report on that trip can be found on the Destination Trips page of my web site at www.snookfinaddict.com.
However, 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 and trout in Sarasota Bay and tripletail and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf on flies during week of 10/25.
Fly angler Ron Race, from MI, fished the coastal gulf with me on Monday, 10/26. With an ESE wind, we were surprised to find a 4'-5' swell with a chop on top making for very tough conditions. Despite the tough conditions, Ron hooked up a couple of times with false albacore and tripletail before it became too tough to handle.
Conditions were much better on Thursday, 10/29 when Steve Kost, from Lakewood Ranch, FL, fished with me. We fished Sarasota Bay dock lights where he caught and released a couple of snook and trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. We checked the coastal gulf after daylight and found that conditions had improved and it was fishable. He had good action catching and releasing 7 or 8 tripletail on a shrimp fly pattern.
My brother, Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, fished the coastal gulf with me on Friday, 10/30. We had good action catching and releasing Spanish mackerel and tripletail on flies. False albacore were moving fast and were tough to get on but there was good action with mackerel and tripletail.
Action with tripletail, false albacore and Spanish mackerel should be a good option now in the coastal gulf when conditions allow it. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and jacks on deep grass flats. Snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges close to passes with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars.
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.
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Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, caught and released this Spanish mackerel on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, caught and released this tripletail on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf in Sarasota 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.