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I had good action on a recent trip in Sarasota Bay, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key. Fly angler James Lascelles, from the UK, fished a predawn snook/flats trip with me and caught and released several snook and a 10-lb juvenile tarpon with a 7-wt on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before daylight. Night fishing for snook and more is a dependable option and a good way to beat the heat.

James Lascelles, from the UK, with a juvenile tarpon caught and released on 7-wt fly tackle on a Grassett Snook Minnow fly while fishing this past week.

After daylight we hunted tripletail and he caught 2 out of 4 fish on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. They weren’t big but still fun to sight fish them. With plentiful baitfish, I’m hoping for a strong fall season both in Sarasota Bay and the coastal gulf.

You may find tarpon of all sizes in areas of upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay and juvenile tarpon in creeks, canals or around dock lights this time of year. Fishing mangrove shorelines for catch and release reds and snook may also be a good option.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Capt. Rick GrassettCapt. Capt. Rick Grassett

Rick is the owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc. He's a full time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota, FL. He’s been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide here at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, the 2011 Orvis Out­fit­ter of the Year.