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Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, caught and released this Blue on a fly.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, caught and released this Blue on a fly fishing with Capt. Grassett this past week.

Fly anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had some action catching and releasing blues, jack crevalle and snook and spin fishing anglers scored with DOA Lures on snook, redfish, blues and jacks in Sarasota Bay recently.

Mark and Trenton Moreni, from Dillon, MT, fished a night trip and a flats trip in Sarasota Bay with me recently and caught and released several snook and bluefish on flies and a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, fished with me on a couple of other trips with several family members. The group caught and released several snook and a red on CAL jigs with grubs and shad tails.

Trenton Marino, from Dillon. MT, caught and released his on a CAL jig with a shad tail on a couple of different trips with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Trenton Marino, from Dillon. MT, caught and released his on a CAL jig with a shad tail on a couple of different trips with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mark and Trenton Moreni, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Mark and Trenton Moreni, with a snook caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay at night with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Look for reds, snook and large trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a usually a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, Spanish mackerel, jacks, blues and more.

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

Capt. 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 in Sarasota Bay with me recently.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, caught and released this Blue on a fly.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, caught and released this Blue on a fly.

Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, and Don Morrison, from MA, fished a trip with me and had great action with trout and Spanish mackerel on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished skinny water with me on a blustery day later in the week.

Fish were turned on ahead of an approaching front. He caught and released a slam, including a 28” snook, 28” redfish, trout and a couple of pompano that were sight fished on top of a bar in 18” of water, all on CAL jigs with a grub tail! Not big numbers of fish but a great day for quality fish and variety.

Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel. Check the coastal gulf for Spanish mackerel, false albacore and tripletail when conditions are good. Shallow water fishing for reds and large trout is also a good option now, although they are very challenging in clear water. These conditions usually require long casts to avoid spooking fish.

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. 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.