|CATCH OF THE WEEK|
|Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, with a Gasparilla Sound red caught on a CAL jig with a shad tail while fishing with Capt. Rick Grassett..|
Several big events are coming to Florida including the 2014 Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami will take place from Feb. 13-17, followed by the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Expo, which runs from Feb. 22-23 at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The recent cold snap helped FWC officials identify over 4,000 manatees during their aerial survey. Because the swordfish population has recovered so successfully since the were overfished during the 1980s, the FWC is offering fisherman an opportunity to catch and sell them in Florida. Another cold front is headed our way Wednesday but will pass by Friday, Weather Underground reports.
|Capt. Rick DePaiva, from Ft. Myers, FL, battles a tarpon jumped on a fly while fishing the coastal gulf with Capt. 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, Spanish mackerel and bluefish in Sarasota Bay, trout, blues and redfish in Gasparilla Sound and snook and trout in the ICW near Venice at night on flies, top water plugs and CAL jigs with shad tails during the past week. The best action of the week was with large Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay.
Keith McClintock, from Lake Forest, IL, and Jack McCulloch, from Lakewood Ranch, FL fished Gasparilla Sound near Boca Grande with me on Monday. They had steady action catching and releasing blues, trout to 19” and a 23” red on CAL jigs with shad tails.
Sarasota winter resident, Martin Marlowe, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday morning. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where he caught and released trout and several Spanish mackerel on Ultra Hair Clouser flies, CAL jigs with shad tails and top water plugs. Despite a good tide and warmer water, snook fishing was slow on Tuesday’s night fly fishing trip. Dense sea fog rolled in just before our night snook trip on Wednesday evening and caused us to reschedule that trip.
The best trip of the week was when Joe Brinkmeyer and Jim Brady, from Cincinnati, OH, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday morning. We fished deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released numerous trout, Spanish mackerel and bluefish on CAL jigs with shad tails and top water plugs. They finished strong with 6 or 8 mackerel and a blue in the 4 to 5-pound class, including a couple of double hook ups on top water plugs. They had numerous exciting strikes as mackerel skyrocketed on their plugs!
The snook bite was better when Mike Perez and Harry Shubeck, from Sarasota, FL, fished with me on Thursday evening. We fished lighted docks in the ICW near Venice where they caught and released 7 or 8 snook and a 20” trout on my Grassett Snook Minnow fly. Snook were being picky so we had to finesse them with different presentations and stripping speeds to get them to bite.
Jeff Syring, from MN, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday afternoon. It was his first saltwater fly fishing trip and he did well, catching and releasing trout and ladyfish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies at Stephens Point. I did some private fly casting instruction with a teenage student on Saturday morning. He made good progress and was loading the fly rod and shooting line by the end of the session.
Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more should continue to be a good option. Look for reds and big trout in potholes or tailing on shallow grass flats of Gasparilla Sound or lower Tampa Bay on negative low tides as we approach a full moon next week. Tripletail should also be a good option in the coastal gulf when conditions are good.
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis- Endorsed Outfitter Guide
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters-2011 Orvis Outfitter of the Year
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
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High pressure will continue to ridge across the waters through Tuesday. Another cold front will then approach the region on Wednesday and slowly move across the area through Thursday. The cold front passage will cause a brief increase in winds and seas to near advisory levels. High pressure then returns for Friday.
Northeast winds around 5 knots then becoming west around 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Monday night will bring north winds around 5 knots then becoming northeast after midnight. Bay and inland waters smooth.
2014/02/10 Mon 05:00 AM -0.37 L
2014/02/10 Mon 12:00 PM 1.1 H
2014/02/10 Mon 03:39 PM 0.94 L
2014/02/10 Mon 09:27 PM 1.78 H
East winds around 5 knots then becoming southwest in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. Tuesday night will bring north winds around 5 knots then becoming east around 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
2014/02/11 Tue 05:41 AM -0.41 L
2014/02/11 Tue 12:24 PM 1.15 H
2014/02/11 Tue 04:38 PM 0.86 L
2014/02/11 Tue 10:17 PM 1.81 H
South winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to around 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Scattered showers. Wednesday night will bring southwest winds 10 to 15 knots then becoming west after midnight. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Scattered showers.
2014/02/12 Wed 06:15 AM -0.42 L
2014/02/12 Wed 12:44 PM 1.18 H
2014/02/12 Wed 05:23 PM 0.76 L
2014/02/12 Wed 10:59 PM 1.83 H
Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Isolated showers. Thursday night will bring north winds 10 to 15 knots then becoming northeast 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
2014/02/13 Thu 06:45 AM -0.38 L
2014/02/13 Thu 12:58 PM 1.21 H
2014/02/13 Thu 06:02 PM 0.65 L
2014/02/13 Thu 11:36 PM 1.83 H
Northwest winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
2014/02/14 Fri 07:11 AM -0.32 L
2014/02/14 Fri 01:10 PM 1.26 H
2014/02/14 Fri 06:39 PM 0.52 L
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