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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 5/13/2018

Tarpon numbers are increasing as migratory fish arrive along our beaches. Look for tarpon schools to be moving both north and south along our beaches, especially early in the season. Set up in their line of travel and wait for tarpon schools to move past and cast a live crab or pinfish or a DOA Baitbuster to them. Once you’ve seen the first school of fish, you can concentrate your efforts in that “lane” since other schools may be following the same route. When they aren’t showing well on the surface, a live bait under a float in their travel lane may score. I’ve also done well blind casting a DOA Baitbuster or Swimming Mullet, if you’re in the right spot, when there wasn’t much showing on the surface. Even in deep water (10’-25’), be quiet and use your electric trolling motor sparingly. Even though your 4-stroke outboard sounds quiet, it is no substitute for an electric trolling motor.

Tarpon will become more plentiful in the coastal gulf as water temperatures rise. Capt. Rick Grassett lands one that was caught and released in the coastal gulf in a previous May.

Tarpon will become more plentiful in the coastal gulf as water temperatures rise. Capt. Rick Grassett lands one that was caught and released in the coastal gulf in a previous May.

Fly anglers should do well with a variety of baitfish or crab fly patterns fished on floating or intermediate sink tip fly lines. Staking out or anchoring in shallow water on their travel route should result in some shots at fish. The best angle is a “head on” shot, followed by a quartering shot. A perpendicular shot may work if it’s timed perfectly, although casting too far beyond their line of travel will usually spook them. I use a push pole in shallow water if I need to adjust my position to make a cast.

Give other tarpon anglers a minimum of 300-yards of space in any direction, since fish may be moving north or south. If you set up any closer than that, you may be deflecting fish that are headed towards other anglers. Also, be respectful of other anglers by not running your outboard close to them. Once tarpon are pressured or spooked, they are tougher for everyone to catch.

There should also be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 4/29/2018

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action during the past week in Sarasota Bay catching and releasing trout to 24”, Spanish mackerel and blues on flies and CAL jigs with jerk worms. The best action was on deep grass flats with clear, intermediate sink tip fly lines and CAL jigs on spinning tackle.

Fly anglers Peter and Nini Seaman, from CA, fished both shallow and deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with me early in the week. They had some action in deeper water catching and releasing trout, Spanish mackerel and blues on Clouser flies.

Karen Grassett, with a 22"  trout, caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub  while fishing Sarasota Bay in the Sarasota CCA "All Release Challenge" fishing tournament with Capt. Rick Grassett.  The fish won the largest trout in the Lady Angler division.

Karen Grassett, with a 22″ trout, caught and released on a CAL jig with a grub while fishing Sarasota Bay in the Sarasota CCA “All Release Challenge” fishing tournament with Capt. Rick Grassett. The fish won the largest trout in the Lady Angler division.

My wife, Karen Grassett and Mark Nichols, owner of DOA Fishing Lures, fished the 23rd annual Sarasota CCA “All Release Challenge” fishing tournament with me on Saturday. Mark has been a friend for many years and DOA Fishing Lures has been a donor to the tournament tackle box since the beginning. We had good action in Sarasota Bay with trout to 24”on CAL jigs with a variety of tails. Karen won the Lady Angler division for largest trout with a 22” trout and I won the Largest Trout overall with a 24” trout.

Capt. Rick Grassett, with a 24"  trout, caught and released on a weedless-rigged CAL jerk worm while fishing Sarasota Bay in the Sarasota CCA "All Release Challenge" fishing tournament.  The fish won the largest overall trout in the Angler division.

Capt. Rick Grassett, with a 24″ trout, caught and released on a weedless-rigged CAL jerk worm while fishing Sarasota Bay in the Sarasota CCA “All Release Challenge” fishing tournament. The fish won the largest overall trout in the Angler division.

Tarpon numbers should increase daily as the coastal gulf warms. There should be good action with trout, blues and Spanish mackerel on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Fishing shallow water for snook and reds with lures and flies is challenging although they should also be a good option now. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is always a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
www.snookfin-addict.com, www.snookfinaddict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us
E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799