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Vol. 15 No. 8 - December 17, 2014

Captains' reports

Look for reds on shallow flats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

CAPTAIN RICK GRASSETT | submitted

Capt. Rick DePaiva, from Ft. Myers, with a big
Pine Island Sound red caught and released on a Grasset
Snook Minnow fly.

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, Spanish mackerel and pompano in Sarasota Bay on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week.

Anna Maria Island and Sarasota winter residents, Bill Morrison and Gary Marple, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday morning. A front passed through on Monday, and it was cool and windy. We fished deep grass flats on the east side of the bay, and despite tough conditions, they managed to catch and release a few trout to 17 inches, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on a sink tip fly line.

Walt Poxon, from Minnesota, and Bill and Sue Poxon, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout and ladyfish on CAL jigs with shad tails. I gave a presentation at the Charlotte Harbor Fly Fishers (www.chff.us) in Punta Gorda that evening on fly fishing the coastal Gulf for tripletail and false albacore and night snook fishing. If you are in that area, you should check them out. Their members fish some of the most fertile waters in the state.

My friend Capt. Rick DePaiva, from Ft. Myers, invited me to fish Pine Island Sound with him on Thursday. Conditions were right for reds to tail and they didn’t disappoint. We had numerous shots at tailing reds with a fly, hooked a couple, and Rick landed a beautiful over slot fish on my Grassett Flats Minnow fly.

Chuck and Chase Banta, from Sarasota, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. It was overcast and cool, but the action was good. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel, pompano and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies. It was Chase’s first time fly fishing in saltwater, and he did well, catching and releasing nice pompano and mackerel!

Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, Jacks 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. Catch and release night snook fishing in the ICW is also a good option now. Fish peak tidal flows for the best action.

Tripletail and false albacore should be good options in the coastal Gulf depending on conditions. Look for albies feeding near the surface and tripletail around crab trap buoys.


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