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Kirk Grassett with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently.

Kirk Grassett with a Spanish mackerel caught and released on a CAL jig with a shad tail fishing the Bay.

Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel recently. Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails.

A couple of my brothers, Joey Grassett from Seaford, DE and Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days and had great catch and release action with a variety of species on flies and CAL jigs.

Al Hirsch and Fred Bargar, from Sarasota, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout and blues on flies. Massimo and Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, also had good action with trout, blues and pompano on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Massimo and Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, with a pompano

Massimo Giardina, from Switzerland, with a pompano caught fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, with a pompano (top) on a fly and a bluefish (below) on a CAL jig with a shad tail both caught and released while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett recently

Tatiana Giardina, also from Switzerland, with a bluefish on a CAL jig with a shad tail fishing Sarasota Bay.

I will be the instructor and there are still a few spots left for CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, Nov 12, 2022. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basic fly casting principles, improving casting skills and correcting faults. The class will also cover saltwater fly fishing techniques, leader construction and fly selection.

Cost for the class, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $225 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle, workbook and lunch. Optional instructional guided fly fishing trips are also available for an additional fee. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 to sign up.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly,  fishing Sarasota Bay.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly, fishing Sarasota Bay.

Fish the coastal gulf for tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore (little tunny) when conditions are good. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Look for reds in skinny water. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, 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 Sarasota Bay with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel recently. Fly anglers fished deep grass flats with sink tip fly lines and weighted flies while spin fishing anglers fished CAL jigs with a variety of tails.

A couple of my brothers, Joey Grassett from Seaford, DE and Kirk Grassett, from Middletown, DE, visited for a few days and had great catch and release action with a variety of species on flies and CAL jigs.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, with a pompano on a CAL jig with a shad tail.

Al Hirsch and Fred Bargar, from Sarasota, also fished Sarasota Bay with me and had good action with trout and blues on flies. Massimo and Tatiana Giardina, from Switzerland, also had good action with trout, blues and pompano on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly, fishing Sarasota Bay.

Kirk Grassett with a blue caught and released on a fly, fishing Sarasota Bay.

Fish the coastal gulf for tripletail, Spanish mackerel and false albacore (little tunny) when conditions are good. Deep grass flats are usually a good option for action with trout, blues, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Look for reds in skinny water. Snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should also be a good option now.

Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides and other algae blooms fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, 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.