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Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Grassett.

Fortunately the Sarasota area fared well during Hurricane Ian compared to areas to our south. Others suffered catastrophic damages that may take years to recover from. Although there is still a large amount of runoff, Sarasota Bay is recovering nicely.

Fly anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing snook, trout and several other species recently. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies on a couple of trips.

In addition to numerous trout, she also caught and released Spanish mackerel. Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, caught and released a huge jack on a fly with an 8-wt on another trip.

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, had good action catching and releasing snook on flies while fishing before dawn in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Dave Smid had good action catching and releasing snook on flies fishing before dawn in Sarasota Bay.

Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Andrew Terry with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay recently.

After a 30-minute battle and dodging numerous obstructions, he brought the 14-lb fish to the boat. Great job! Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, fished dock lights before dawn in Sarasota Bay with me and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on flies. He also fished deep grass flats with Clouser flies on sink tip fly lines and had good action with trout.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

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.


Fortunately the Sarasota area fared well during Hurricane Ian compared to areas to our south. Others suffered catastrophic damages that may take years to recover from. Although there is still a large amount of runoff, Sarasota Bay is recovering nicely.

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay on a couple of trips with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Pat Beckwith had good action catching and releasing trout on flies in Sarasota Bay..

Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies on a couple of trips with me and in addition to numerous trout, she also caught and released Spanish mackerel. Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, caught and released a huge jack on a fly with an 8-wt on another trip. After a 30-minute battle and dodging numerous obstructions, he brought the 14-lb fish to the boat. Great job!

Dave Smid, from Springfield, MO, fished dock lights before dawn in Sarasota Bay with me and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on flies. He also fished deep grass flats with Clouser flies on sink tip fly lines and had good action with trout.

Andrew Terry, from Longboat Key, with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Andrew Terry with a 14-lb jack crevalle caught and released on a fly while fishing Sarasota Bay.

Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. You may also find juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks and in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Look for reds in skinny water. Fishing deep grass flats for a variety of species is also usually a good option for action.

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.