|CATCH OF THE WEEK
|Alex Smith, from MI, caught and released this big blue on a top water plug while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.
Several species of grouper closed to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic. A strong cold front will move into the northern Gulf waters early Monday morning and pass south of Florida by Monday night. Northwest winds with gusts to near gale force will develop over the Gulf waters behind the front. Our contributing captain reccommends fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and more should be a good option next week.
Gag grouper recreational harvest closes in most Gulf waters in early December
Venting tool requirement removed in Gulf waters
|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, blues and Spanish mackerel in Sarasota Bay on DOA Deadly Combos, CAL jigs with shad tails, flies and top water plugs, during the past week. The best action continued to be with blues in the 3 to 5-pound class on DOA’s, top water plugs and flies on deep grass flats on the west side of Sarasota Bay. Large ladyfish and jacks in the mix also kept fly and light tackle anglers busy.
Glenn Elia and his son Greg, from CT, fished Stephens Point and near Bishop Point in Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. They caught and released blues to 4-pounds and trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies, top water plugs and CAL jigs with shad tails. Keith McClintock, from IL, his son Steve, from Pittsburgh, PA and grandson Garrett Anderson, also from IL fished the same areas with me on Tuesday. They also caught and released trout and blues on CAL jigs with shad tails and DOA Deadly Combos.
Greg Smith and his son, Alex, both from MI, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Thursday morning. With a front approaching there was a strong south wind, which gave us some protection along the west side of the bay. They caught and released 6 or more large blues and a couple of jacks to 4 1/2-pounds on top water plugs, which are very effective for trout, blues, jacks and more on deep grass flats. Schools of blues are roaming the flats searching for baitfish and the sound of the top water plug and fly poppers, which simulates a baitfish struggling at the surface, helps them zero in on our lures.
A strong front pushed through on Thursday afternoon/evening and the wind blew 20 mph out of the north on Friday. Rusty Chinnis, from Longboat Key, FL, was supposed to fish Sarasota Bay with me that day but we pushed the trip back to Saturday. We fished the west side of the bay and caught and released several blues to 5-pounds and Spanish mackerel to 4-pounds on fly poppers and top water plugs. With an almost 10 degree drop in water temperature we weren’t sure what to expect, but the hearty blues were still feeding aggressively despite the change.
Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay for trout, Spanish mackerel, blues and more should be a good option next week. Also look for big trout and reds in skinny water. They may be in potholes or edges of bars when the tide is low or cruising on shallow grass flats when the tide is high.
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
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A strong cold front will move into the northern Gulf waters early Monday morning and pass south of Florida by Monday night. Northwest winds with gusts to near gale force will develop over the Gulf waters behind the front. A large area of high pressure builds into the Gulf coastal states Tuesday then slides to the mid-Atlantic coast Wednesday.
Northwest winds around 20 knots then becoming north in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters choppy. A chance of showers in the morning...then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Monday night will bring north winds around 20 knots. Bay and inland waters choppy.
North winds around 20 knots diminishing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters choppy. Tuesday night will bring northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Wednesday night will bring northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers in the morning...then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Thursday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A chance of showers in the evening...then a slight chance of showers after midnight.
Southeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. A chance of showers.
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