|Catch of the Week|
Garrett Anderson, from Ill., caught and released a nice bluefish on a DOA Deadly Combo while fishing Sarasota Bay with Capt. Rick Grassett.
BRADENTON – There are a couple of exciting state park events coming up over the next couple of weeks. At the beginning of the month, several species of grouper closed to recreational and commercial harvest starting January 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County. Captain Rick Grassett reported that large ladyfish, mixed with trout and blues, are plentiful on deep grass flats close to passes. Although ladyfish are not usually targeted, they are a nice diversion for anglers focused on action while searching for other species often found in the same environment.
Sneek Peek of Yellow Fever Creek Preserve in Cape Coral Jan 11.
Plant and Wildlife Walk in Sarasota Jan. 15
Charlotte County Boat Show Jan.17-20
Myakka State Park Moonlit Bike Ride Jan. 23
Mullet Festival Jan. 25-27
Weekly Fishing Report by 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, bluefish, ladyfish, redfish and a pompano in Sarasota Bay on lures during the past week.
Large ladyfish, mixed with trout and blues, are plentiful on deep grass flats close to passes. Although ladyfish are not usually targeted, they are a nice diversion for anglers focused on action while searching for other species often found in the same areas.
Dick Weerts, from Osprey, Fla., and his grandson, Nathan, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Monday. They had some action with trout and ladyfish fishing deep grass at the Middleground flat with CAL jigs and shad tails. With the water temperature a couple of degrees warmer in the coastal gulf and an incoming tide, the warmer water close to New Pass made a difference.
Keith McClintock, his son-in-law, Rick Anderson and grandson, Garrett Anderson, all from Ill., fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday. They caught and released trout, including several in the slot, blues to more than three pounds and ladyfish on CAL jigs with shad tails and grubs and DOA Deadly Combos on deep grass flats along the west side of the bay.
Chris Lewington, from the UK, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. He caught and released trout and ladyfish on CAL jigs with shad and grub tails at the Marina Jack and Middleground flats. He also caught a red while fishing docks in Roberts Bay and a pompano at Stephens Point, both on CAL jigs.
You should find trout, mixed with blues, pompano and more on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay. Look for reds around docks, in potholes and on the edges of bars when the tide is low or on shallow grass flats at the top of the tide. 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.
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A weak area of low pressure moves through the eastern Gulf of Mexico along a frontal boundary tonight. The boundary decays early in the week allowing high pressure to ridge down over the region from the north.
Northeast winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. A chance of showers in the morning. Monday night will bring northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a light to moderate chop.
East winds around 10 knots becoming Northeast. Bay and inland waters a light chop. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon Tuesday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Wednesday night
will bring east winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Thursday 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.
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