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Vol. 15 No. 26 - April 22, 2015

Captains' reports

Look for early tarpon in the Gulf









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


Doug Manning caught this flounder while
fishing in Tampa Bay with Captain 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 Jacks in Sarasota Bay and snook, trout and flounder on flies and CAL jigs with shad tails in Tampa Bay during the past week.

Fly anglers fished deep grass flats on both sides of Sarasota Bay with me a couple of days last week. We caught and released trout and Jacks on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines.

Longboat Key winter resident Nick Reding fished the south shore of Tampa Bay with me for a couple of days. We waded and fly-fished, catching and releasing several trout and a couple of reds on my Grassett Flats Minnow and Clouser flies.

The best trip of the week was when Bill Beauchamp, from Bradenton, and Doug Manning from Largo, fished Tampa Bay with me on Friday. They caught and released seven or eight snook, an equal amount of flounder and trout on CAL jigs with shad tails. Bill caught and released his personal best snook, a 36-inch, 16-pound fish that I had to run down with the push pole to keep him from getting spooled.

I was the instructor for a CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School on Saturday. This was the last fly-fishing school until fall. Look for dates for the fall schedule for Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools or Orvis Fly Fishing 101 events at or contact them at (941) 349-4400 or for more info.

Look for reds, snook, flounder and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, flounder or pompano on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. You may find early arriving tarpon in the coastal Gulf.


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