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Scott Perez, from IN, had good action catching and releasing trout on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Scott Perez had good action catching and releasing trout while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good catch and release action with trout in Sarasota Bay recently. Scott Perez and his daughter, Harper, from Indiana, fished Sarasota Bay with me and they had steady action with trout, ladyfish and a bluefish on DOA Deadly Combos and CAL jigs with shad tails. A persistent west wind has kept me from tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf recently. Hopefully we’ll go back to a normal weather pattern soon so we’re able to fish the gulf.

Tarpon fishing in the coastal gulf should be a good option now but conditions are important. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is usually dependable for snook and more.

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.