Good Tarpon Fly Fishing Action in Sarasota

2016-08-02 06:28:51
Sarasota, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Sarasota Bay & coastal Gulf of Mexico
Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf in Sarasota with me, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with tarpon, trout and bluefish during the past couple of weeks. Anglers fished Sarasota Bay with me a couple of days and had good action with trout, blues and a juvenile tarpon on DOA Lures and flies. We also fished multiple days in the coastal gulf, had shots at tarpon every day and multiple eats with five hook ups, two tarpon caught and released and another fought to close to the boat.

Tom Harmer, from Sarasota, and his son, Deryck Harmer from Orlando, fished a pre-dawn/bay trip with me on Wednesday, 7/27. Deryck caught and released his first tarpon, an estimated 15-pound juvenile, on a CAL jig with a shad tail. We moved to deep grass flats at dawn and worked bait schools where they had fast action with trout to 18" on DOA Deadly Combos.

Jerry Horine, from Bradenton, FL, and his grandson, Jessie Horine from SC, also had good action catching and releasing trout, blues, jacks and ladyfish on DOA Deadly Combos and flies on deep grass flats on both sides of the bay on Friday, 7/29. Working bait schools was the key, as predators fed on glass minnows in the frenzy. Since the DOA Deadly Combo is so effective in this situation, I had Jessie fish a fly popper/dropper combo with a small EP fly behind a large popper with good results. They had fast action, including several doubles as the action reached a peak.

Steve Gibson, from Sarasota, FL, fly fished for tarpon with me in the coastal gulf on Thursday, 7/28. There are fewer tarpon this time of year, often requiring long waits before they show up, but they are aggressive. We had 4 hook ups, leadering one fish and fighting another to close to the boat. A great day!

Hal Lutz, from Parrish, FL, and Jeb Mulock, from Bradenton, FL, also had good action fly fishing for tarpon on Saturday, 7/30 with Jeb catching and releasing an estimated 100-pound plus tarpon. Action was slow to start, but patience paid off as tarpon started to flow and got aggressive. Well done!

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be a good option next week as we approach a new moon on Tuesday, particularly on the strong, outgoing tides in the afternoon. There are more singles, doubles and small schools of tarpon now, rather than the large schools that we see in June and since many tarpon have already spawned, they are more aggressive. 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 should also be good action with trout, bluefish and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Rick Grassett

IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB's Saltwater Outfitters

Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011

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Fish Species: tarpon, trout, blues, jack crevalle
Bait Used: Flies and DOA Lures
Tackle Used: fly & spin
Method Used: fly fishing & spin casting lures
Water Depth: 4'-8'
Water Temperature: 88
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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 CBs 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, 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,

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