Capt. Rick Grassett, Sarasota
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
(941) 923-7799 (office)
Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action with reds, snook and trout in shallow water in Sarasota Bay and Gasparilla Sound on CAL jigs with jerk worms, shad and grub tails and with snook on flies in the ICW at night recently. Fly and spin fishing anglers also had some action on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay with trout and more. Anglers practiced social distancing on the boat and we were miles from another boat or person during the course of my trips.
Bill Morrison, from Anna Maria, fished Sarasota Bay with me recently and had some action catching and releasing trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Port Charlotte winter residents Gerry Tipper and Ted Hesson fished the ICW at night with me and had some action catching and releasing snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Mike Perez and Denton Kent, from Sarasota, also got in on the night snook action on another trip recently.
Martin Marlowe, from NY and Bruce Marlowe, from SC, fly fished the ICW at night with me and had good action catching and releasing snook and a couple of blues on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Mike Perez, from Sarasota, and Louis and Mikalah Smith, from IN, caught and released trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish in Sarasota Bay on Clouser flies and CAL jigs with a variety of tails recently.
Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, fished a couple of days with me and had good action catching and releasing several reds, snook and trout on CAL jigs with jerk worms, shad and grub tails in Gasparilla Sound. The best action was with reds in skinny water in Sarasota Bay. Dave Reinhart, from MA, fished a couple of days in Sarasota with me and had great action catching and releasing numerous reds to 26”, several snook to 30” and trout to 20” on CAL jigs with grubs.
Fishing shallow flats for catch and release reds and snook is a good option now. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel. Check the coastal gulf for tripletail, Spanish mackerel or false albacore when conditions are good. Fishing dock lights in the ICW at night is usually a good option for snook and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!