Good Action on Sarasota Bay Deep Grass Flats & Docks
I hosted a group of friends and clients on a destination fly fishing trip at Crane Meadow Lodge (www.cranemeadow.addr.com) in Twin Bridges, MT last week, so I don't have a Sarasota report for that time frame. This is an annual trip for me and was my 15th year at the lodge. We fished the Beaverhead and Madison Rivers and a couple of creeks and lakes in southwest Montana where we caught and released numerous brown, rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout during the week. We fished streamers, nymphs and dry flies on 3 through 6-weight fly tackle. The dry fly action was with a variety of grasshopper patterns, sometimes with a nymph dropper, callibeatis and a few other bugs. For a full report of this trip and other upcoming trips, you can go to the Destination Trips page of my web site at, http://www.snookfin-addict.com/destination-fishing-trips/ .
Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, during the week of Aug 1st caught and released trout and ladyfish on flies and DOA Deadly Combos. We also fished dock lights one morning before dawn on a pre-dawn/bay trip and caught and released snook on CAL jigs with shad tails.
Jackson Bergdoll and his dad, Todd Bergdoll, from Columbus, OH, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday, 8/1. Action was slow that day but they had some action catching and releasing trout and ladyfish on a DOA Deadly Combo and Jackson did well on his first saltwater fly fishing trip!
Dan and Sara Stults, from Highland Park, IL, fished a pre-dawn snook/bay trip in Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday, 8/4. They caught and released a couple of snook on CAL jigs with shad tails before moving to deep grass flats where they had some action catching and releasing trout on DOA Deadly Combos.
Snook season is closed now on the west coast of Florida, but catch and release night snook fishing around lighted docks and bridges in the ICW with flies and DOA Lures should be good. There are singles, doubles and small schools of tarpon in the coastal gulf now, rather than the large schools that we see in June, but it is worth checking on. You may only see a few fish but they are aggressive. There should also be good action with trout, bluefish and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.
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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Dan Stults, from Highland Park, IL, with a snook caught and released on a Sarasota Bay lighted dock on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, FL with a brown troutcaught and released on a fly while fishing out of Crane Meadow Lodge in Twin Bridges, MT.
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.