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Vol. 15 No. 14 - January 28, 2015

Captains' reports

Trout, snook, bluefish and reds abound









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


Keith McClintock with a trout caught in Gasparilla Sound with
Capt. Rick Grassett.

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, snook and bluefish in the ICW near Venice and trout and reds in Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande on CAL jigs with shad tails and flies during the past week.

With a negative low tide on Tuesday morning, Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, and Mike Perez, from Sarasota, waded a couple of shallow flats in Sarasota Bay with me, and Nick caught and released a nice trout on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly. Anna Maria Island winter resident Bill Morrison and Sarasota winter resident Gary Marple snook fished with me in the ICW near Venice on Wednesday evening. We fished lighted docks, and they had some action catching and releasing a snook, bluefish and ladyfish on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Keith McClintock, Dan DiCaro and Chuck Hempfling, all from Illinois, fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Thursday. They caught several slot size trout up to 20 inches and a couple of reds on CAL jigs with shad tails. Tony Merlis, from New Hampshire, and Chris Messick, from Delware, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday morning. With an approaching front, winds were above 20 mph by noon. We fished deep grass flats, where they managed to catch and release a few ladyfish and trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly and a CAL jig with a shad tail despite the tough conditions.

Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, pompano and more should be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. Afternoons may fish better than mornings when water is cool. Catch and release night snook fishing may also be a good option depending on conditions.

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