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Vol. 14 No. 25 - April 16, 2014

Captains' reports

Outgoing tides good this week









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


Eric Watson and has grandfather, Frank Watson,
both from Ohio, with a Sarasota Bay flounder
that Frank caught and released on a DOA
Shrimp while fishing 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 and flounder in Sarasota Bay on flies and DOA Shrimp and snook at night in the ICW near Venice on flies during the past week.

Siesta Key winter resident Frank Watson and his grandson, Eric Watson, both from Ohio, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday morning. With an approaching front and a strong south wind, we headed south of the Ringling Bridge for some protection. The wind cranked up to more than 20 mph by the end of our trip and they had good action with trout to 18 inches, a nice black sea bass and flounder caught and released on DOA Shrimp.

Anna Maria and Sarasota winter residents Bill Morrison and Gary Marple snook fished with me in the ICW near Venice that evening. We fished only a couple of spots, and they caught and released a few snook and ladyfish on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly before a mechanical problem sent me to the dock early.

A front came through on Tuesday with heavy rain and wind and the wind continued to blow above 20 mph all day Wednesday, so we didn’t fish those days.

David Morgan, from Sarasota, fished Stephens Point in Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday morning and caught and released a few trout on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. Mark Wayde, from Mich., snook fished with me in the ICW near Venice that evening and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly.

Longtime friend, client and Sarasota winter resident Norm Boardman, from Conn., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where he caught and released trout and ladyfish on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly. The action wasn’t fast, but it was steady, with some decent trout to 18 inches.

I was the instructor for an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Saturday. The school, which was the last one until fall, covered fly casting basics, shooting line, roll casting, leader construction and saltwater fly fishing techniques. Look for information on future Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Schools and Orvis Fly Fishing 101 classes, a two-hour introductory fly fishing class, at

With a full moon on Tuesday, April 15, tides will be good next week, particularly outgoing tides in the afternoon. Look for reds, snook and big trout on shallow flats or edges of bars in Sarasota Bay. Fishing deep grass flats for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more should continue to be a good option. There should also be good action in the coastal Gulf with Spanish and king mackerel, false albacore (little tunny) and tripletail depending, on conditions.


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