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Keith McClintock from Lake Forest, IL, with a snook he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock with a snook he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Spring is here and shallow flats are turning on. Anglers fishing with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing numerous snook to 34” and trout to 24” in Gasparilla Sound and Sarasota Bay on DOA Lures recently.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished backcountry areas of Gasparilla Sound and Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips with me recently and had good action catching and releasing several snook, trout and a couple of reds on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO joined Keith in Gasparilla Sound on one trip and Glen Runk, from MO, fished Sarasota Bay with him on another trip and both got in on the action. Fly anglers also scored with trout and pompano on Clouser flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, with a red caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Smid with a red he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Glen Runk, from Ste. Genevieve, MO, had good action with big snook and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Glen Runk had good action with big snook and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, and Will Patterson, from Raleigh, NC, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and had good action catching and releasing snook and trout on CAL jigs with grubs and shad tails. Jim Hazlett, from Sarasota, also fished the same areas with me recently and caught and released snook and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, with a big snook he caught and released fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Dave Reinhart with a big snook he caught and released fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Will Patterson, from Raleigh, NC, with a nice trout, he caught and released on CAL jigs with a variety of tails while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Will Patterson with a nice trout, he caught and released on CAL jigs with a variety of tails fishing Sarasota Bay.

Look for reds, snook and larger 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, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook at night around dock lights in the ICW is also a good option depending on conditions.

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.


Spring is here and shallow flats are turning on. Anglers fishing with me out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing numerous snook to 34” and trout to 24” in Gasparilla Sound and Sarasota Bay on DOA Lures recently.

Keith McClintock from Lake Forest, IL, with a snook he caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails while fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Keith McClintock with a snook he caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL fished backcountry areas of Gasparilla Sound and Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips with me recently and had good action catching and releasing several snook, trout and a couple of reds on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Fly anglers also scored with trout and pompano on Clouser flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay.

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, with a red caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing Gasparilla Sound with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, with a red caught and released on CAL jigs with shad tails fishing Gasparilla Sound.

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO joined Keith in Gasparilla Sound on one trip and Glen Runk, from MO, fished Sarasota Bay with him on another trip and both got in on the action.

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA, and Will Patterson, from Raleigh, NC, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and had good action catching and releasing snook and trout on CAL jigs with grubs and shad tails. Jim Hazlett, from Sarasota, also fished the same areas with me recently and caught and released snook and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails.

Look for reds, snook and larger 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, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Snook at night around dock lights in the ICW is also a good option depending on conditions.

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.