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Vol. 14 No. 39 - July 22, 2014

Captains' reports

Tarpon action continues









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


Tim Graham, from Nokomis, caught and released
this bluefish on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing
Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.

Captain Rick Grassett

Fly anglers fishing the coastal Gulf in Sarasota with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have action with tarpon, getting numerous shots and jumping several. Spin fishing anglers caught and released trout and blues in Sarasota Bay on DOA Lures during the past week.

Dean Hannemann, from Sarasota, fished with me on Monday. He had numerous shots at tarpon, jumped one and battled it through several jumps before the fish chewed through the 80-pound bite tippet. If the fish is hooked with the leader wrapped around the “clipper” portion of the jaw, they can sometimes wear through it quickly. Wind blew strong out of the west on Wednesday and Thursday and conditions were not fishable in the coastal Gulf for tarpon those days.

Jerry Poslusny and Bill Nesbitt, both from Rochester, N.Y., tarpon fished with me on Friday and Saturday. Following a couple of days of west wind and rough water, we were pleasantly surprised to find good conditions and lots of tarpon. They had numerous shots both days, but Friday was their best day with three bites and a couple of hook ups. One of the last casts of the day resulted in a hook up with a large female gave us some great jumps and a smoking run. A great way to end the day!

Tim Graham, from Nokomis, and Aaron Way, from St. Petersburg, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Sunday morning for a change of pace. We fished deep grass flats on the west side of the bay where they caught and released a few trout and blues on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.

Tarpon fishing should be good next week as we head towards a full moon. Inshore you should find trout, blues and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars early in the day. Catch and release snook fishing should also be good in passes and around docks and bridges close to passes.

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