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Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, with a trout he caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, with a trout he caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout in Sarasota Bay on flies and DOA Lures recently.

Fly anglers scored with Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines. Spin fishing anglers also had good action with CAL jigs with a variety of tails. With bay water temperatures in the low 60’s fish are in a winter pattern, dropping into deeper water on negative low tides or following cold fronts.

Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and caught and released numerous trout and a couple of reds on CAL jigs with grubs. With winter conditions we have very clear and shallow water, which usually requires long casts to avoid spooking fish. Depending on tide, sometimes afternoons will fish better than mornings in shallow water due to warmer water.

Cliff Ondercin with a redfish caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Cliff Ondercin with a redfish caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is a good option now. Fish the coastal gulf for tripletail when conditions are good.

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel.

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.


Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with trout in Sarasota Bay on flies and DOA Lures recently. Fly anglers scored with Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines. Spin fishing anglers also had good action with CAL jigs with a variety of tails.

Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, with trout and redfish caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Cliff Ondercin, from Sarasota, with trout and redfish caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

With bay water temperatures in the low 60’s fish are in a winter pattern, dropping into deeper water on negative low tides or following cold fronts.

Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and caught and released numerous trout and a couple of reds on CAL jigs with grubs. With winter conditions we have very clear and shallow water, which usually requires long casts to avoid spooking fish. Depending on tide, sometimes afternoons will fish better than mornings in shallow water due to warmer water.

Cliff Ondercin with a redfish caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Cliff Ondercin with a redfish caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is a good option now. Fish the coastal gulf for tripletail when conditions are good. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is also a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, blues and Spanish mackerel.

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.