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Vol. 15 No. 22- March 25, 2015

Captains' reports

Find snook, trout and redfish









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


Frank Zaffino, from Rochester, N.Y., caught and released
this trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay
with Capt. Rick Grassett.


Captain Mark Howard

Fishing this past week out of Island Discount tackle on Anna Maria Island on my 23-foot tower boat, has made a big splash with snook, speckled trout and redfish feeding heavily and coming to the dinner party .
On my charters this past week, my clients have been landing some trophy-sized speckled trout measuring up to 27 inches. Catching your limit of these snaggled tooth predators has been relatively easy. I like to use 30-pound, florocarbon leader with a 3-inch popping cork rigged with a 1/0 Owner Hook. Using the popping cork method will draw the predators to your shiner.

Redfish and snook have finally started the transition out of their wintertime haunts and are migrating to the mangroves and potholes. This past week we fished a school of redfish and had nonstop action for over two hours. We landed some over slot redfish to 32 inches. After taking pictures the overslot copper colored bruisers were released to fight another day.

Snook fishing has started to turn on as the water temperature hit the mid 70s. and the fish move onto the flats. Our biggest catch and release snook this week was a 36-inch snook caught on the above mentioned rig. I used the biggest shiner in my live well to entice the silver sided beauty to chew.

Looking forward as the weather turns postcard perfect, the inshore fishing will only get better as the days warm up.

Captain Rick Grassett

Anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout in Sarasota Bay on flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos and redfish and trout in the Terra Ceia area on CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week.

Dave Reinhart, from Virginia, and Dan Reinhart, from Pennsylvania, fished the Terra Ceia area with me on Sunday. They caught and released a nice red on a CAL jig with a shad tail. We worked on fly casting techniques in the afternoon and they caught and released several trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.

Anglers fishing with me on several other trips during the past week worked deep grass flats on both sides of Sarasota Bay using Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines, CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos where they caught and released trout to 18 inches.

I was one of the instructors at Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers casting clinic at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota on Saturday. More than 30 students participated in the clinic that focused on correcting problems or improving fly casting skills.


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