Good Tarpon Fly Fishing Action in Sarasota
<p>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 tarpon in the coastal gulf in Sarasota and trout and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on flies during the past couple of weeks. With water temperatures above 80 degrees in the coastal gulf, tarpon showed up in good numbers as we approached a full moon on Monday, 5/4.
Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, NY, tarpon fished the coastal gulf a couple of days with me early in the week of 4/27. Our schedule had to be adjusted by moving forward a day due an approaching front, which turned out to be a good thing. He had several shots, a couple of eats and caught and released an estimated 90-pound tarpon on a fly on Monday. The fish battled him hard, jumping numerous times before coming to the boat. Our 2nd day was cut short due to rain, lightning and rough sea conditions and the 3rd day had to be cancelled altogether due to a strong west wind.
Fly anglers Seth Koch, from PA and Bill Miller, from MS, fished deep grass flats on both sides of Sarasota Bay with me on Friday, 5/1. They caught and released trout and bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines.
Sean Sherman and his wife, Rachel, from NYC, tarpon fished with me on Saturday, 5/2. They had numerous shots at schools of tarpon, as well as singles and doubles, with flies, DOA Baitbusters and 4" CAL shad tails. Sean hooked up with a fish on a fly at the tail end of a large school and successfully fought the fish to the boat. A great job!
We had numerous shots at tarpon with a fly and one hookup during the week of 5/4.
Tarpon were plentiful on the full moon on Monday and gave us lots of shots that day, although a stiff east wind made casting challenging. Conditions were good later in the week, however tarpon thinned out for a few days following the full moon and we had fewer shots.
Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be a good option when sea conditions are good. Look for reds, snook, flounder and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. You may also find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, flounder or pompano on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes.
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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Bill Miller, from MS, with a bluefish caught and released on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Capt. Rick Grassett with a tarpon caught and released on a fly by Sean Sherman, from NYC, in the coastal gulf in Sarasota.
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.