|Catch of the Week|
Fred Netherton, from Ontario, Canada, caught this nice pompano on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.
BRADENTON – Our contributing Capt. Rick Grassett will help people learn to fly fish on the weekend of Feburary 9. Also coming up is the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in St. Pete rom Feburary 15-17. Anglers are encouraged to look for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Also look for reds around docks, in potholes and on the edges of bars when the tide is low or on shallow flats on sunny afternoons when the tide is high. Catch and release snook fishing in the ICW at night should also be a good option.
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Fly Fishing Day Feb. 9
Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Feb. 15-17
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School Feb. 16
Weekly Fishing Report by Capt. Rick Grassett
|Bill Flader, from WI, caught this nice Spanish mackerel on an Ultra Hair Clouser fly while fishing a Sarasota Bay deep grass flat 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, blues and pompano in Sarasota Bay on lures and flies during the past week. Water temperatures cooled to the low 60s following the last front but there was still good action and variety on deep grass flats.
Keith McClintock and Victor Feldman, both from Ill., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Tuesday. They caught and released trout, including several in the slot, and Spanish mackerel on CAL jigs with shad tails on deep grass flats near Long Bar. Nick Reding, from Longboat Key, Fla., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. We caught and released a few trout on deep grass flats near Buttonwood Harbor and at Stephens Point.
Conditions and action improved towards the end of the week. Bill Flader, from WI, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday. He had great action catching and releasing numerous trout to 19 inches, Spanish mackerel to three pounds, pompano and bluefish on Ultra Hair Clouser flies from the Middleground flat to Bishop Point along the west side of the bay. Fred Netherton, from Ontario, Canada, fished the same areas with me on Friday. He caught and released trout to 19 inches, several blues and a three-pound pompano on Ultra Hair Clouser flies.
Look for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Also look for reds around docks, in potholes and on the edges of bars when the tide is low or on shallow flats on sunny afternoons when the tide is high. Catch and release snook fishing in the ICW at night should also be a good option.
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.
www.flyfishingflorida.net and www.snookfin-addict.com
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High pressure over the mid Atlantic region this afternoon will support a northeast to east wind flow over the Gulf waters tonight. The high will move off the mid Atlantic into the western Atlantic late tonight and Monday, then will sink south to near 30n ridging west across the north Central Peninsula and adjacent Gulf waters during Monday night and Tuesday with the flow veering into the southeast. The high will move southeast on Wednesday as a cold front moves through the Florida Panhandle during the day then through the coastal waters Wednesday night and early Thursday with increasing winds and seas expected. Surface high pressure will build in over the northern Gulf in the wake of the front during Thursday night and Friday.
Southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Monday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Tuesday night southeast winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to around 15 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
South winds increasing to 15 to 20 knots. Bay and inland waters becoming choppy. Wednesday night will bring west winds around 15 knots then becoming northwest after midnight. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers.
North winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Thursday night will bring northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.