Fish deep grass flats for trout and blues
captain rick grassett | submitted
Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, Ill., caught and
released this nice Sarasota Bay snook on a CAL
jig with a shad tail 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 in Sarasota Bay on flies during the past week. A strong front with winds above 20 mph pushed through earlier in the week, so with a broken trim and tilt module on my outboard and in need of maintenance, I put my boat in the shop for service.
John Nelson, from Tampa, his son, Mark and son-in-law, Chris, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. With three fly anglers our plan was to wade shallow flats, but with a 10- degree drop in water temperature we didn’t find anything in that zone. We drifted deeper grass flats near Stephens Point where they caught and released trout on intermediate sink tip fly lines and Ultra Hair Clouser flies. Mark and Chris each caught and released their first saltwater trout on flies!
Fishing deep grass flats for trout, blues and more or reds and trout on shallow flats of Sarasota Bay should be good inshore options next week. Look for false albacore, tripletail and Spanish mackerel in the coastal Gulf when conditions are good. There should also be good action with snook around lighted docks in the ICW.