Good Tarpon Action in Sarasota
<p>Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action, jumping and catching and releasing tarpon on spin and fly tackle in the coastal gulf in Sarasota during the past couple of weeks. However due to a west wind pattern for a few days and a full moon on Thursday 7/2, tarpon were thin in the coastal gulf early last week.
Andrea Lutz, from Atlanta, GA, and Hal Lutz, from Parrish, FL, tarpon fished with me on Monday and Tuesday, 6/22 & 23. They had good action catching and releasing a pair of tarpon on live baits. Fly anglers also got in on the action later in the week, getting numerous shots at tarpon, several bites and jumping one. The fish was fought for several jumps and was back on the fly line when the hook pulled.
Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, tarpon fished in the coastal gulf with me on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 6/29, 30 & 7/1. The coastal gulf was very rough on Monday. We fished a few hours, but the rough water and lack of visibility forced us to quit early. Conditions were a little better on Tuesday, but still a big swell and poor visibility.
There are many variables when it comes to fly fishing for tarpon; wind, tide, sea conditions, visibility and the angler. It all came together for Frank on Wednesday when he had 6 or 8 shots and hooked up with my Grassett Flats Bunny fly. He battled the tarpon through numerous jumps and had the fish close to the boat when she chewed through our 80-pound bite tippet. His patience, persistence and hunting skills helped make him successful. Well done! Thursday 7/2's trip had similar action with a few more shots and a bite, but we didn't hook up.
Tarpon numbers in the coastal gulf should increase as we head away from a full moon next week. Catch and release sight fishing for snook in the surf with flies or DOA Lures should be a good option. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues or pompano on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Also 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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Hal Lutz, from Parrish, FL, jumped this tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, jumped this tarpon on a fly in the coastal gulf in Sarasota while fishing 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.